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Sat Oct 26, 2019, 07:48 AM

Watch: Scientists have taught rats to drive - and they love it

A team of researchers at the University of Richmond have taught rats to drive mini-cars - and not only are the rodents good at it, they enjoy it too.

The scientists built the rat-sized vehicles out of clear plastic food containers, with three copper bars that served as a steering wheel.

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“We already knew that rodents could recognise objects, press bars, and find their way around mazes, but we wondered if rats could learn the more complex task of operating a moving vehicle,” said Kelly Lambert, professor of behavioral neuroscience at the University of Richmond.

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The study found that the rats actually felt more relaxed after driving, with heightened levels of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), the hormone that counteracts stress.

https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/26/watch-scientists-have-taught-rats-to-drive-and-they-love-it


More relaxed after driving? I'll have to unlock my inner rat after driving, because I certainly am not

on edit: the video is kind of cute

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rpannier Oct 2019 OP
dewsgirl Oct 2019 #1
global1 Oct 2019 #2
mbusby Oct 2019 #3
Cracklin Charlie Oct 2019 #4
Marthe48 Oct 2019 #5
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LisaL Oct 2019 #7
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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Sat Oct 26, 2019, 07:57 AM

1. That is cute. I always thought me wanting to drive no

matter who I am with, meant I was a control freak. Maybe there is more to it.

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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Sat Oct 26, 2019, 08:04 AM

2. The Researchers Should Simulate Rush Hour Traffic...

and see what kind of hormones the rats secrete. You know - the Rat-Race!!!!!!

I wonder if they would observe some roadrage?

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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Sat Oct 26, 2019, 08:48 AM

3. Instead of 'Road Rage'....

...it's 'Rat Rage'.

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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Sat Oct 26, 2019, 08:53 AM

4. Saving for later.

Maybe I can get a rat to drive me around town.

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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Sat Oct 26, 2019, 09:05 AM

5. Can they teach humans to drive too?

I think anyone with who can pay for a license gets one.

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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Sat Oct 26, 2019, 09:13 AM

6. How soon will they be delivering Amazon Prime?

Or driving Uber?

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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Sat Oct 26, 2019, 09:16 AM

7. That's what we need for the full happiness-driving rats.

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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Sat Oct 26, 2019, 10:31 AM

8. Rats are very smart and also very loving creatures. nt

 

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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Sat Oct 26, 2019, 10:32 AM

9. Put that rat in some traffic and we'll see how 'happy' they are after a ride.

 

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