Mary Bates

Mary Bates is a freelance science writer interested in the brains and behavior of humans and other animals. For her graduate degree in psychology, she studied the echolocation abilities of big brown bats. She has written for National Geographic's news blog, Psychology Today, Wired's Zoologic blog, and other print and online publications.

Two Terrifying True Tales of Animals That Lived Without Their Heads

Move over, Headless Horseman. Meet these real-life examples of animals that have lived after decapitation...

How Animals Mourn

When a chimpanzee mother carries her dead baby for weeks, is she grieving her loss? When elephants tenderly...

How Much of the Brain Can You Live Without?

One year ago, a 24-year-old Chinese woman walked into a hospital complaining of dizziness and nausea...

Empathic Rats

For a long time, it was thought that empathy was unique to primates, or even humans. But in the past...

How Does Your Pet's Brain Compare to Yours?

As mammals, dogs and cats share a lot of anatomy with humans. This extends to their brains. Our pets...

Do Animals Know What They Know?

As humans, we use metacognition all the time. But we might not be the only ones. Metacognition, or thinking...