Big Picture Science – Happily Confused

by Gary Niederhoff on April 21, 2014


Big Picture Science – Happily Confused

Do you feel happy today? How about happily disgusted? Maybe sadly surprised, or sadly disgusted? Human emotions are complex. But at least they’re the common language that unites us all – except when they don’t. A tribe in Namibia might interpret our expression of fear as one of wonderment. And people with autism don’t feel the emotions that others do.

So if you’re now delightfully but curiously perplexed, tune in and discover the evolutionary reason for laughter … how a computer can diagnose emotional disorders that doctors miss … and why the world’s most famous autistic animal behaviorist has insight into the emotional needs of cattle.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Scott Weems – Why We Laugh
Part 2: Brian Malow – Science comedian
Part 3: Aleix Martinez – Emotion Recognition Software
Part 4: Maria Gendron – Perceiving Emotion
Part 5: Temple Grandin – Animal Emotion

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Big Picture Science – Happily Confused: Temple Grandin

by Gary Niederhoff on April 21, 2014


Happily Confused – Temple Grandin
Part 5 of Happily Confused, featuring Temple Grandin, professor of animal science, Colorado State University, author of Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals.
(TRT 9:53)

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Big Picture Science – Happily Confused: Aleix Martinez

April 21, 2014

Happily Confused – Aleix Martinez Part 3 of Happily Confused, featuring Aleix Martinez, cognitive neuroscientist at The Ohio State University, discussing his work with software that can determine human emotion based on facial expressions. (TRT 9:00)

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Big Picture Science – Since Sliced Bread

April 7, 2014

Big Picture Science – Since Sliced Bread Happy Birthday, World Wide Web! The 25-year-old Web, along with the Internet and the personal computer, are among mankind’s greatest inventions. But back then, who knew? A techno-writer reminisces about the early days of the WWW and says he didn’t think it would ever catch on. Also, meet […]

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Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Evolutionary Arms Race

March 31, 2014

Big Picture Science – Evolutionary Arms Race It’s hard to imagine the twists and turns of evolution that gave rise to Homo Sapiens. After all, it required geologic time, and the existence of many long-gone species that were once close relatives. That may be one reason why – according to a recent poll – one-third […]

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Big Picture Science – You Think; You’re So Smart?

March 15, 2014

Big Picture Science – You Think; You’re So Smart? Sure you have a big brain; it’s the hallmark of Homo sapiens. But that doesn’t mean that you’ve cornered the market on intelligence. Admittedly, it’s difficult to say, since the very definition of the term is elusive. Depending on what we mean by intelligence, a certain […]

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Big Picture Science – Space For Everyone

March 3, 2014

Big Picture Science – Space For Everyone Is space the place for you? With a hefty amount of moolah, a trip there and back can be all yours. But when the price comes down, traffic into space may make the L.A. freeway look like a back-country lane. Space is more accessible than it once was, […]

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How big is the Paleo diet craze?

February 17, 2014

Molly discovered this section at her local grocery store, in place of what used to be called the salad bar.

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Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Paleo Diet

February 15, 2014

Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Paleo Diet What’s for dinner? Meat, acorns, tubers, and fruit. Followers of the Paleo diet say we should eat what our ancestors ate 10,000 years ago, when our genes were perfectly in synch with the environment. We investigate the reasoning behind going paleo with the movement’s pioneer, as well […]

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Big Picture Science – Stranded

February 3, 2014

Big Picture Science – Stranded Imagine not knowing where you are – and no one else knowing either. Today, that’s pretty unlikely. Digital devices pinpoint our location within a few feet, so it’s hard to get lost anymore. But we can still get stranded. A reporter on board an Antarctic ship that was stuck for […]

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