I did a science experiment on Kitty today. I won't attach a photo of the electrodes in her brain.

@TheHorse (118229)
Walnut Creek, California
November 20, 2020 1:33pm CST
As you know, I'm a frustrated researcher. I was trained in psychological research, but have spent most of my career teaching college students and working in clinical settings with troubled children. Today, I decided to do an experiment on Kitty. She has been asking me for something, but I can't tell what. I decided to see if catnip would satisfy her needs. My friend has been growing some, next to his other herbs, and she has enjoyed it when I gave it to her. As some of you know, child psychologist Jean Piaget did research on "object permanence." His basic question: At what age do young children understand that an object continues to exist, even when you cannot see it? Most children have "object permanence" by the age of 2-years-old. I decided to test kitty on her "catnip permanence." She was lying by my recently repaired Sherwood S-7100A stereo receiver, but seemed restless. So I broke off some catnip (in my fridge), let her smell it, and then placed it next to her food bowl, outside. She could NOT see me as I placed the catnip next to her outside food bowl. Would her kitty brain remember that I had catnip, form a mental image of me going outside, and find the catnip? Does Kitty have "catnip permanence"? What is your guess (hypothesis)? Note: No electrodes were involved in this experiment. I was just kidding.
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@TheSojourner (31600)
• United States
20 Nov
I hope that you are keeping copious notes. I'll read about it all in the academic journal, after you are published.
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@TheHorse (118229)
• Walnut Creek, California
20 Nov
With a sample size no N = 1? I am doomed!
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• United States
20 Nov
@TheHorse I'll wait. ;-) Gives me something to live for.
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@TheHorse (118229)
• Walnut Creek, California
20 Nov
@TheSojourner I am gad that simple things please you. She found the catnip within 30 seconds. Am I going to be famous?
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@LindaOHio (52237)
• United States
20 Nov
She might go looking for it; but I go along with The Sojourner's answer. I'll read about it in the journals.
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@TheHorse (118229)
• Walnut Creek, California
20 Nov
If I publish and article about it, I will let you know. My real name is bla bla bla.
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@LindaOHio (52237)
• United States
20 Nov
@TheHorse I know your real name. Ha, ha, ha.
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@TheHorse (118229)
• Walnut Creek, California
20 Nov
@LindaOHio The humanity! She found the catnip within 30 seconds.
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@rebelann (78218)
• El Paso, Texas
20 Nov
She'll find her food bowl and probably ignore the nip.
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@TheHorse (118229)
• Walnut Creek, California
20 Nov
Ignore catnip? No way, Jose!
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@rebelann (78218)
• El Paso, Texas
21 Nov
Hmmm, mine could care less about the stuff @TheHorse I grow it out front but the girls don't care one way or nother if I bring in a twig of it.
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@rebelann (78218)
• El Paso, Texas
21 Nov
My first kitty loved the stuff but not the 2 I have now @TheHorse
@marguicha (164345)
• Chile
20 Nov
We´d have to learn about the sense of smell on cats. I know that Luna smells at a londer distance than me and that it is not because I was a smoker for many years or because I have COVID
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@TheHorse (118229)
• Walnut Creek, California
20 Nov
What has she told you?
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@allen0187 (42895)
• Philippines
21 Nov
A fellow psychologist! Good day to you sir and good luck with your experiments!
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@TheHorse (118229)
• Walnut Creek, California
21 Nov
Heh. Thanks! What kind of psychology do you do? As I mentioned, I was trained as a researcher. But I've been doing more teaching and clinical stuff than anything else over the past 20 years.
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@allen0187 (42895)
• Philippines
22 Nov
@TheHorse I only get to practice it when I try to piss people off which is almost every time. Kidding! I have background in both clinical and industrial psychology.
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@TheHorse (118229)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Nov
@allen0187 I have taken a lot of classes in Clinical Psychology. What I call "Active Listening" is one of my "secret weapons." But I am curious about Industrial Psychology. What does it encompass?
@Fleura (11623)
• United Kingdom
20 Nov
I'm not sure that's really testing object permanence, since you have moved the object. The simplest test is to show her the catnip then cover it with something and see if she looks for it. I'm sure she would. However if you've shown it to her and then taken it away and put it somewhere different that isn't really the same test. And if she finds it you won't have any way of knowing whether she was actually looking for it or just happened to stumble across it when going to her food bowl.
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@MALUSE (63090)
• Germany
20 Nov
@Fleura I find your argument convincing.
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@TheHorse (118229)
• Walnut Creek, California
20 Nov
Heh.I have done extensive calculations about the time it takes her to go from "almost-nap position to "at her bowl" position. I timed how long it took her to find her bowl and the catnip. What journal should I publish my results in? "Journal of Cat Studies"?
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@Fleura (11623)
• United Kingdom
20 Nov
@TheHorse Annals of felinology.
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@thelme55 (57151)
• Germany
20 Nov
Kitty might sniff the catnip and then ignore it.
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@TheHorse (118229)
• Walnut Creek, California
21 Nov
No, one she had it in her mind, she sought it out. She found it near her food, and I got out of the way!
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@thelme55 (57151)
• Germany
21 Nov
@Namelesss (2692)
• United States
20 Nov
I'll have to wait for you to publish for this answer. I still have issues with object permanence myself. I have money in my pocket, I go to the store, where's the money?
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@TheHorse (118229)
• Walnut Creek, California
21 Nov
Isn't that called "forgetting basic sh*t when you're over 40"?
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@LadyDuck (312845)
• Switzerland
21 Nov
Cats know where the food bowl is, when she is hungry she will go to her food bowl. Once the catnip is no more cold, she could get interested, cats hate cold stuff.
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@LadyDuck (312845)
• Switzerland
21 Nov
@TheHorse The two cats followed me in the garden, they are always near me while I work outside, my little guardian angels.
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@TheHorse (118229)
• Walnut Creek, California
21 Nov
@LadyDuck Aw, that is sweet!
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@LadyDuck (312845)
• Switzerland
22 Nov
@TheHorse They already made me fell twice.
@DocAndersen (30323)
• United States
21 Nov
i was an ed psych major for my masters. i remember piaget and his many ideas.
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@TheHorse (118229)
• Walnut Creek, California
21 Nov
Yeppers, I was "drenched" in Piaget as a Developmental Psych major.
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@DocAndersen (30323)
• United States
21 Nov
@TheHorse IU school of ed was a big Piaget and Maslow school
@wolfgirl569 (35711)
• Marion, Ohio
21 Nov
I dont think it will take her long as she will smell it.
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@TheHorse (118229)
• Walnut Creek, California
21 Nov
Yeppers, aroma is a confounding variable. So is my chosen location of next to the food bowl. The reviewers want to me to run more trials.
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