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Freedom and Responsibility

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

The struggle of choice makes us human and an increasing awareness of the nature of our choices, call it free will or not, can become a path to bettering ourselves and the human condition.

Want the Secret to Winning Rock Paper Scissors? Ask a Dog Trainer

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 07.05.2014 | Green
Anna Jane Grossman

A BBC story reveals the secret to winning at rock-paper-scissors. The answer is something that we dog trainers tell our human clients all the time: if...

5 Ways to Make Walks More Fun for Your Dog (and You)

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green
Anna Jane Grossman

An enriching walk will also help tire out a dog out both mentally and physically, which can result in better behavior during the inside portions of the day. Here are some ways to make walks as fun as possible for both canines and humans.

'No Child Left Behind' or 'No Child Left Untested'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.19.2014 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Of course, gaining the knowledge and skills to land a good job is important and valuable for the individual and for our society. However, somewhere along the way, we have diminished in many of our students the joy of learning for learning's sake, the ability to think creatively and critically.

Depressed? Your "SEEKING" System Might Not Be Working: A Conversation with Neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp

Karin Badt | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Karin Badt

Jaak Panksepp, the inventor of the term "affective neuroscience", is regarded as a radical in his field, with ground-breaking insights into emotional...

Radical Behaviorist Remembered On Birth Anniversary

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 03.22.2013 | Science

This week marks the birthday of B.F. Skinner. The celebrated and sometimes controversial American behavioral scientist, who was born in Susquehanna, P...

How Humans and Dogs Can Learn -- and Suffer -- From the Use of Negative Reinforcement

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 04.05.2013 | New York
Anna Jane Grossman

I've written a good deal on about some of the problems involved with using shock collars in animal training, mostly to stop behaviors. But an even worse application of this form of training is sing the shock to elicit desired behaviors.

3 Tips For Using Dog Training Methods On People

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 03.25.2013 | Women
Anna Jane Grossman

When I meet someone new and say that I'm a dog trainer, the first question I usually get is, "Can you train my husband?" My reply is always, "Yep!"

Behind The Lost TV Actor And His 16-Year-Old Bride, A Bunch Of Dogs

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 09.26.2011 | Entertainment
Anna Jane Grossman

She's a good Christian teen who just happens to look like she could be Lindsay Lohan's mother. He's a smarmy actor I'd never heard of. Wow, I really don't care. And yet, I can't help myself. Tell me more.