Animal Behavior's Biggest Taboo Is Softening

The Atlantic reached out to a behavioral ecologist at the University of Cincinnati to learn more about attitudes scientists have about anthropomorphism in animal science.

Anthropomorphism is the tendency to attribute human emotions, motivations or characteristics onto animals. Generations of scientists have discouraged this natural inclination to see a bit of themselves in the animals they study.

But scientists told the Atlantic this impulse sometimes can be useful.

Elizabeth Hobson (Asst Professor, A&S-Biological Sciences) is recipient of NSF career grant for her research into behavioral ecology.

UC Assistant Professor Elizaeth Hobson studies animal behavior in her biology lab. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Marketing + Brand

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