For six consecutive summers as a teenager I worked as a camp counselor. I watched over the same age group of kids each year: three to five year olds. I can vividly describe instances from each summer where I was forced to break-up some pretty violent fights.  You might not believe it, but once I even had to restrain a little boy from trying to lick another boy to death! As a general rule, I noticed that juvenile boys tend to eng...

Sexually reproducing animals generally come in two sexes that can differ dramatically in anatomy and behavior to facilitate mating and reproduction. Interestingly, individuals of each sex are often born with the instincts and ability to mate with the opposite sex. These sex differences in behavior are due to sex differences in the nervous system. How do the neural circuits that control sexually dimorphic behaviors differ, and wh...

Today, many people meet their significant others through dating websites by electing to initiate a conversation after glancing at the biography and pictures posted by the other user.  Without realizing it, humans are able to determine the sex of their potential partners from these short descriptions...but how are other organisms able to make the same judgments? While humans typically use physical cues such as size, mannerisms, g...

In fourth grade, I had a friend named John who meandered through the hallways of our school with an aid always following him. He was lanky, a little awkward, and had a mushroom cut to tame his dirty blonde hair. I first met John because he joined my class one day a week and sat next to me. Over time, I talked to him and noticed that he would ask me the same question multiple times in a conversation: “Do you like soup? What’s you...

Puberty: the bane of parents’ lives. Just when they think they have this whole parenting business down, adolescence rears its ugly head. Hormones rule the world of puberty, changing a person from an innocent little child into a full-grown teen making their way through the perils of adulthood.  While they get a bad reputation for their adverse effects on emotions, hormones help humans and animals alike mature.

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