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Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin
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May 10, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: disabilities, non-fiction, science, united-states, dogs, mental-health-neurobiology
Read in May, 2005

Wow, what an interesting book. Grandin is an adult with a PhD in animal science and is autistic. Johnson is a writer specializing in neuropsychiatry. This book covers a lot of ground in psychology, both human and animal, and especially focuses on how 'normal' and autistic people and animals perceive and learn. She also looks at modern slaughteryards, animal fear, training, the evolution of domestic dogs....there is just a lot worth reading here.

It is written in a really unique style....very straightforward. I'm not sure how much of that is due to Grandin's disability, and how much is just her style or her co-author's. A fascinating and educational read, but not a lightening fast pageturner.

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