Aimee and Emma’s first experiment

30 11 2016

Aimee and Emma are busy 4 hours a day now watching our new mice under red light. The aim of this simple pilot is to see if directly collected live data on time-budgets correlate with the same metrics gleaned from video.

Looking at these tiny, boring little cages (all these mice have known all their lives), if the study’s done in time, I really, really want to give them enrichments for Christmas….



Global costs of insufficient sleep

30 11 2016

Interesting new report out today. Love Japan, but sure am glad not to be Japanese…


Colons in titles: they’re the best

29 11 2016


Carole’s new friend

29 11 2016

Bristol has long been famous for its urban foxes, and here’s one hanging out at Carole’s:


Compromised immunity from low social status

29 11 2016

Sad but fascinating new research in Science, reminiscent of the classic Whitehall study.


Good publishing week for Jamie

29 11 2016

His Animal Behaviour paper just came out online,  and his Developmental Psychology paper, languishing in press since about May, was finally published at last.



Being macho is bad for mental health?

29 11 2016

Well let’s hope so!

APA press release here, and Forbes article here.

Postcard from Mexico

28 11 2016
From Elena, who’s on sabbatical:
Mexico is fun. I am in Raul Paredes lab, settling in well and starting to develop the STFP and social recognition tests to be used with progesterone receptor KO mice and possibly even prairie voles (the monogamous guys).
I have made a feeding jar (attached) from a tequila shot glass (the little inner glass, which contains the food, the outer taller glass there to collect spillage)!  I am very proud of it…
Just to lure the animal lover in you for a visit, the famous wintering grounds of the monarch butterflies are not far from here:

Recruiting in Brighton

28 11 2016

Here’s Walter‘s ad, as he finally starts the Sussex study … which I can say no more about as the subjects have to be blind.


Sylvie’s discerning taste

20 11 2016

Here are my class’s essays, organised by grade so I could check I’d been consistent across topics. And here is Sylvie, sitting very deliberately on the small pile whose marks were in the 90s.