Monday, July 31, 2017

So now you can read me in German....

I didn't provide the German translation, which is fortunate as very little of my high school German has stuck.

Tiere Nutzen is a collection of essays on animal use, now available [Amazon.de].


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sniffy

As an operant psychologist I have taught a lot of rats to press a lot of levers.  I have taught them using manual pen-and-ink operant boxes with rotating paper scrolls, with solid state electronic boxes, and with fully computerized ones.  I have taught rats of all ages, breeds and temperaments.

I have even taught operant principles with Sniffy, the rat-emulating educational computer game.  Mind you, I am actually not very good at training the virtual Sniffy.  I have always felt that Sniffy is not much better at emulating rat's behavior than it was at reproducing its biology (Sniffy, referred to in the manual as "he", had no testicles.)

My suspicions about Sniffy's lack of authenticity as a rat are further supported by the fact that the latest version has a frelling mouse on the cover.

Monday, June 19, 2017

New Review

I see that Animal Maltreatment: Forensic Mental Health Issues and Evaluations received a review in the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. My own section in the book is quite brief but it is great to see that the message is coming across very clearly. And it is a considerable honor even to be reviewed by Dr Alan R. Felthous who carried out some of the landmark research in this area.

Dr Felthous writes: "From Patterson-Kane's updated review of literature on the so-called link, it appears that considerable research has been accomplished over the past three decades, but such variations in definitions and methodologies continue to result in an association that is less robust and well characterized than it might otherwise be. Nonetheless, Patterson-Kane, was able to conclude that “Animal abuse distinguished by features that increase its severity should be considered to place a person in a high-risk category that may include the co-occurred and/or future propensity toward other types of violence or criminal offending, and the possibility of past and current victimization” (p 152)."

The full review can be seen here.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017