A study of Ginger using live-image analysis

I have recently added a new title to my signature: that of director of our institute’s microscopy facility. One of my goals is to upgrade our capabilities and acquire a microscope capable of super-resolution; that is the ability to differentiate between particles that are as close as ~20 nm to one another–about 10 fold better than traditional light microscopy methods. I am very excited!

But here I’d like to demonstrate a classic live-image experiment carried out by my kids. Ginger is allowed on their beds, but not on the sofa in the living room.

Feel free to jump to 1 min 23 secs, to see when the action starts…

Hypothesis: Ginger naps on the sofa as well as the beds.

Methods: Live image analysis was used to monitor Ginger’s behavior.

Results: See for yourselves!

Conclusions: Dogs are smarter than humans.

About Steve Caplan

I am a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska where I mentor a group of about 10 students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers working on endocytic protein trafficking. My first lablit novel, "Matter Over Mind," is about a biomedical researcher seeking tenure and struggling to overcome the consequences of growing up with a parent suffering from bipolar disorder. Lablit novel #2, "Welcome Home, Sir," published by Anaphora Literary Press, deals with a hypochondriac principal investigator whose service in the army and post-traumatic stress disorder actually prepare him well for academic, but not personal success. Novel #3, "A Degree of Betrayal," is an academic murder mystery that is now in press! All views expressed are my own, of course--after all, I hate advertising. http://www.stevecaplan.net
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