Companion Animal Psychology Book Club February 2020

"Sapolsky has created an immensely readable, often hilarious romp through the multiple worlds of psychology, primatology, sociology and neurobiology to explain why we behave the way we do. It is hands-down one of the best books I’ve read in years. I loved it."— Dina Temple-Raston, The Washington Post

Companion Animal Psychology Book Club February 2020


By Zazie Todd, PhD

The Animal Book Club is back, and this month we are reading Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky.

From the back cover,
“Robert M. Sapolsky’s book is one of the most dazzling tours d’horizon of the science of human behaviour ever attempted. Moving across a range of disciplines, Sapolsky – a neuroscientist and primatologist – uncovers the hidden story of our actions. Undertaking some of our thorniest questions relating to tribalism and xenophobia, hierarchy and competition, and war and peace, Behave is a towering achievement – a majestic synthesis of cutting-edge research and a heroic exploration of why we ultimately do the things we do … for good and for ill.”

This book (plus all the previous choices, and more) are available in my Amazon store: https://www.amazon.com/shop/animalbookclub

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To join the book club, ask to join on Facebook and be sure to answer the questions. If you prefer more general chit chat about animal books without a commitment to read and comment each month, you may prefer the Animal Books Facebook group. You can find more information on the animal book club page.


Zazie Todd, PhD, is the author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy. She is the founder of the popular blog Companion Animal Psychology, where she writes about everything from training methods to the human-canine relationship. She also writes a column for Psychology Today and has received the prestigious Captain Haggerty Award for Best Training Article in 2017. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband and two cats.

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