A researcher from the University of Richmond called Kelly Lambert has done something that sounds impossible outside of children’s books. She has taught a rat to drive a tiny car. Lambert is a professor of behavioral neuroscience, and she and her team taught the rats to drive.
Compared to rats in standard housing, the rodents in the enriched house showed more robust learning in driving performance, and the interest in the ROV persisted through the trials. The team found via fecal analysis that DHEA/CORT metabolite ratios suggested that driving, regardless of housing group, enhanced makers of emotional resilience.
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