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Thinking the Way Animals Do

Thinking the Way Animals Do
By Temple Grandin, Ph.D. Department of Animal Science Colorado State University Western Horseman, Nov. 1997, pp.140-145 (Updated January 2015) Temple Grandin is an assistant professor of animal science at Colorado State University. She is the author of the book Thinking in Pictures. As a person with autism, it is easy for me to understand how animals think because my thinking processes are like an animal's. I have no language-based thoughts at all. Most people use a combination of both verbal and visual skills. A radio station person I talked to once said that she had no pictures at all in her mind. Associative Thinking A horse trainer once said to me, "Animals don't think, they just make associations." Animals also tend to make place-specific associations. Years ago a scientist named N. Fear Is the Main Emotion Fear is the main emotion in autism and it is also the main emotion in prey animals such as horses and cattle. Fear-based behaviors are complex. Effects of Genetics Effects of Novelty

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Daniel Tammet raconte son "combat passionnant" pour aller vers les autres Sa récitation de mémoire pendant plus de cinq heures des décimales du nombre Pi, ou son apprentissage de l'islandais en une semaine ont fait de lui un homme mondialement célèbre. Daniel Tammet est classé parmi "les 100 génies du monde" mais il n'aime pas quon fasse de lui un animal de foire. Surtout que sa vie n'a pas toujours été facile.

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