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Human See, Human Do

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Yale researchers, led by our very own Laurie Santos, have determined that prejudice is a trait humans have retained from our evolutionary predecessors.

Judging Monkeys

According to studies, rhesus macaques monkeys, who shared a common ancestor with humans millions of years ago, can tell if other monkeys are in the “ingroup” or “outgroup” and will treat them with love or disdain accordingly. And we thought kids could be brutal—I’d hate to be an outsider in monkey middle school. Even after millions of years, it seems valuing those in the in-crowd is a habit neither humans nor monkeys can shake. The good news is that the study also showed monkeys were flexible in letting “outgroup” members become “ingroup” members again. At least there’s hope. Read more about the fascinating discovery in the IB Times article. And watch Laurie’s videos again here

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Tobey List

    As a co-producer on “Secret Life,” Tobey is able to combine two of her favorite things—film and science! She is delighted to finally redeem herself in the eyes of her high-school science teachers, all of whom thought she was destined for a career in science until she shocked and alienated them all and chose….film. After receiving a degree in Journalism and French from UNC—Chapel Hill, Tobey worked for several years at PBS, where she gained a love for documentary. She then threw all logic to the wind and returned to school, earning her MFA in Film from Columbia University. During her studies, she produced numerous award-winning short films and associate-produced the feature documentary “No Impact Man.” Tobey is a writer and producer for both documentary and narrative film.