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Studying White Whales Helps Simplify Socializing
29.12.2010 13:20
Studying White Whales Helps Simplify Socializing
White whales

Russian zoologists studied behaviour of white whales in order to understand how brain asymmetry affected relations between mother whales and their children..
      
      Brain of vertebrates is functionally asymmetric cerebral hemispheres are focused on different tasks and process information with different speed. Mother nature made this for more effective brain use and successful survival of the species.
      
      Scientists from St. Petersburg observed white whales in their natural environment. White whales were chosen for the study because their social behaviour is clearly defined.
      
      The hypothesis was that important social object, i.e. a mother, should be viewed with a left eye. This hypothesis was confirmed during observations and leads to several important conclusions. First is that whales, despite different brain structure, behave the same way other vertebrates do. Second looking at the mother with left eye activates right cerebral hemisphere, responsible for analysis of social contacts and development of social and play behaviour. A child, who prefers looking at his mother with his left eye, will be easier introduced into society.
      
      Source: Science & Life
Author: Anna Kizilova


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