February 12, 2013

Robotic Tormenter Depresses Lab Rats

Hal Hodson, NewScientist

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Lab rats have a new companion, but it's not friendly. Researchers at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, have developed a robotic rat called WR-3 whose job is to induce stress and depression in lab animals, creating models of psychological conditions on which new drugs can be tested.

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October 17, 2013
Oreo Cookies Just as Addictive as Cocaine in Rats
Connecticut College
Connecticut College students and a professor of psychology have found “America’s favorite cookie” is just as addictive as cocaine – at least for lab rats. And just like most humans, rats go for the middle... more ››
October 22, 2013
Does Petting Really Stress Out Your Cat?
Katia Andreassi, NatGeo
Could petting your cat really stress the animal out? Headlines started appearing last week about a study that supposedly showed just that. But much to the relief of cat owners who thought they would have to keep their paws off... more ››