Bats Sing, Mice Giggle: The Surprising Science of Animals' Inner Lives

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"Amazing, moving, and enlightening. Bats Sing, Mice Giggle presents the latest findings on the intimate lives of animals with great elegance. I recommend it wholeheartedly."—Larry King

Bats Sing, Mice Giggle is the culmination of years of fascinating scientific research that reveals how animals have secret inner lives of which, until recently, we had little proof. Karen Shanor and Jagmeet Kanwal take readers on an eye-opening voyage of discovery, showing how animals build, ...

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Overview

"Amazing, moving, and enlightening. Bats Sing, Mice Giggle presents the latest findings on the intimate lives of animals with great elegance. I recommend it wholeheartedly."—Larry King

Bats Sing, Mice Giggle is the culmination of years of fascinating scientific research that reveals how animals have secret inner lives of which, until recently, we had little proof. Karen Shanor and Jagmeet Kanwal take readers on an eye-opening voyage of discovery, showing how animals build, create, and communicate—expressing grief, joy, anger, and fear—which emphasizes just how animal we humans are.

Karen Shanor lectures at Georgetown University and is a clinical psychologist and an advisor for the Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet programs.

Jagmeet Kanwal teaches at Georgetown University and is an internationally recognized neurothologist.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848312234
  • Publisher: Icon Books, Ltd. UK
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 953,011
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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Karen Shanor, Ph.D is a neuropsychologist, a former White House consultant and an advisory member of Discovery Channel Global Education. At Stanford University she researched how rats learn, and how cats dream. Her work at NASA's Life Sciences department included animal research on memory and information theory, and she has taught with Karl Prilbram at Georgetown university since 1998. As a Peace Corps science teacher in Somalia, she was a consultant for a wildlife conservatory. A frequent lecturer at the Smithsonian Institution, Karen also hosted an NBC radio program for five years and appears frequently on Larry King Live, CBS Nightly News, Dateline, The Today Show and Oprah, and is a regular contributor to CNN.

Jagmeet Kanwal, Ph.D is an associate professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics and the Department of Psychology at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is also an external professor at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr Kanwal is an internationally recognized neurothologist who was the first to perform magnetic resonance imaging in awake animals. He is an exert on cortical mechanisms for the perception of complex sounds. Dr Kanwal discovered a left-brain dominance for species-specific calls in bats, as is present for speech in humans, and together with co-workers is engaged in cracking the code for the neural representation of social calls. Dr Kanwal's early contributions on the comparative organization of chemosensory systems include the discovery of taste centres in the forebrain of fish. He uses interdisciplinary approaches to understand the functional organization of the brain from the viewpoint of behaviour. He is also an ardent birdwatcher and keen nature photographer.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction 1

Part I Sensing

1 A Supercharged World 11

2 Good Vibrations 29

3 Sounds for Tracking and Talking 47

4 Tasting and Touching 67

Part II Surviving

5 Alarming Behavior and Survival Strategies 91

6 From Frogcicles to Dreamstates 123

7 Animal Marathons by Land and Sea 137

8 De-stressing the Distress 157

Part III Socializing

9 Wit, Wiles and Good Fun 181

10 Eavesdropping and Deception 211

11 Rhythm, Song and Dance 223

12 Flirting, Courting and Coupling 237

Epilogue: "Human Nature" Reconsidered 259

Notes, References and Further Reading 263

Index 287

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

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    Not only do mice giggle and bats sing, but roosters sometimes lie about food being nearby in order to attract mates, monkeys will assume other identities, elephants mimic the sounds of trucks, and plants send out signals that other plants and animals pick up and respond to.

    This eye-opening book is full of amazing stories taken from recent natural studies and observations, such as reports of laboratory chimps that go on strike... an amazing description of a hungry, wild polar bear that makes time to play with a sled dog... and accounts of wild birds making eye contact with humans to determine whether nearby food is OK to eat.

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    Posted December 6, 2011

    Surprising facts about lowly animals

    A great way to start thinking about things we rarely consider. The book shares surprising details about everyday(even lowly) animals and plants that makes one stop and think about human life and what it might take to start to notice (and give credit to) subtle intelligence in nature.

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