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On the Radar: We prefer animals over buildings, Rick Caruso slammed and weekend shows

September 09, 2011|By Katie Landan, katie.landan@latimes.com
  • Pomeranian dogs in a shopping cart. (Photo courtesy of Jason Wells)
Pomeranian dogs in a shopping cart. (Photo courtesy of…

Are you a cat person or a dog person? Or are you just not an animal person? According to a recent CalTech study, our brains are hardwired to react to creatures of the nonhuman kind.

CalTech and UCLA researchers found that neurons throughout the brain's center for processing emotions (amygdala) respond preferentially to images of animals.

"Our study shows that neurons in the human amygdala respond preferentially to pictures of animals, meaning that we saw the most amount of activity in cells when the patients looked at cats or snakes versus buildings or people," Florian Mormann, lead author on the paper and a former postdoctoral scholar in the Division of Biology at Caltech, said in a press release.

What are you plans Saturday night?

Glendale Centre Theatre presents “Beau Jest” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Select Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. The play runs through Sept. 24 at 324 N. Orange St., Glendale. Tickets cost $18 for seniors and students and $23 for general admission. Call (818) 244-8481.

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Protesters slam Rick Caruso

Curbed LA reported that protesters were holding signs saying 'Shame on Rick Caruso' on La Cienega Blvd. near the construction site for the developer's 8500 Burton Way project. The protesters were handing out a flyer explaining that Caruso Affiliated is contracting with a construction company that doesn't meet labor standards for carpenters. Read more on LA Curbed

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