Editor’s Selections: Spite, Stairs, Smounds…and Zombie Wasps!

Editor's Selections 6 Comments
By Jason Goldman

Jason GoldmanJason Goldman selects several notable posts each week from Psychology and Neuroscience. He blogs at The Thoughtful Animal.

  • Why might spite have evolved? Upon first glance it may not seem a particularly useful survival strategy. But Tom Rees, who writes at Epiphenom, reviews a paper that suggests spite may simply be the inverse of kin-directed altruism, with the same net outcome.
  • Want to trick your co-workers into getting more exercise? Travis Saunders, who writes at Obesity Panacea, says, “Place a sign next to your workplace elevator with an arrow pointing to the nearest staircase and see what happens,” and writes about an experiment that did just that.
  • Might sound alter our perception of smell? Anne-Sylvie Crisinel, who writes at Body in Mind, offers early evidence that it does. And they’re called smounds.
  • Now for your weekly dose of creepy: Zen Faulkes of NeuroDojo describes the process by which wasps create zombie cockroaches so that the baby wasps can EAT THEM ALIVE. You’re welcome.

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6 Responses to “Editor’s Selections: Spite, Stairs, Smounds…and Zombie Wasps!”

  1. Dave Munger Says:
    April 13th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Welcome, Jason!

    A great bunch of selections for your first week as editor. We’re glad to have you join our team!

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