Karen Shanor, “Bats Sing, Mice Giggle,” at New Dominion April 7

Reading and Book Signing at New Dominion Bookshop

April 7 at 12:15 PM

Karen Shanor will discuss

Bats Sing, Mice Giggle: The Surprising Science of Animals’ Inner Lives

by Karen Shanor and Jagmeet Kanwal

Mice GiggleIn this sensational account of the life that surrounds us, the authors present cutting-edge science in an easy to read manner that is as fascinating as it is revolutionary. Nature lovers will marvel at how wild animals, as well as pets, experience a breadth of emotions and abilities once only attributed to humans—how they do indeed express grief and jealousy; how they can giggle, dance, and make jokes; and how they can solve complex problems and even count!

The book also reveals how studying animal behavior and communication has contributed to thrilling practical applications for things as diverse as the treatment of PTSD and heart conditions, natural disaster prediction, and the development of more sophisticated ways to see in the dark, protect our harbors from threat, and navigate the skies. The authors bring these close-kept secrets of the animal kingdom to the fore and delve into the exotic mysteries of animal life in a book that will both delight and inform its readers.

Amazing, moving and enlightening. Bats Sing, Mice Giggle presents the latest findings on the intimate lives of animals with great elegance. I recommend it wholeheartedly.”—Larry King

“Not just another animal fact book, Shanor and Kanwal paint a bigger picture . . . Amongst the colorful language and witty tales of animal behavior are relevant scientific studies, all likely to tweak our understanding of what was previously considered ‘human nature.’”—The Ecologist @ The Guardian

About the authors

Dr. Karen Shanor is a neuropsychologist, a former White House consultant, and an advisory member of Discovery Channel Global Education. At Stanford University she researched how rats learn, and how cats dream. Her work at NASA included animal research on memory and information processing. As a Peace Corps science teacher in Somalia, she was a consultant for a wildlife conservatory. Dr. Shanor hosted an NBC radio program for five years, has been a contributor to CNN, and has appeared on Larry King Live, CBS Nightly News, The Today Show and Oprah.

Dr. Jagmeet Kanwal is an internationally recognized neuroethologist and Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown University. He discovered the presence of taste centers in the fish forebrain and a left-brain dominance for social calls in bats. His laboratory’s research is focused on understanding the animal origins of speech and music as two forms of audiovocal communication in humans. His group uses sounds as a tool to understand how the brain processes and expresses emotions. Dr. Kanwal is also an ardent birdwatcher and keen nature photographer.

Both authors live in the Washington, DC area.

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