Archive Pages Design$type=blogging

Study Finds Rats Show Signs of Empathy Towards Other Rats

Are we better than rats? Before you answer that seemingly easy question, you may want to hear the results of a new study which found that o...

>

Are we better than rats? Before you answer that seemingly easy question, you may want to hear the results of a new study which found that our least favorite vermin go out of their way to avoid hurting other rats and the area of the brain used is the same one that controls empathy in humans. Do they feel the same way if they find out the other rat belongs to a different political party?

“Much like humans, rats thus actually find it aversive to cause harm to others.”

In a study that would be taught in every rat hole and school if rats could read (has anyone checked for that?), neuroscientists at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN) developed a simple test to determine if rats showed “harm aversion” – a moral trait of most humans that causes them to feel bad about hurting fellow humans. It has long been accepted that humans have empathy towards each other while animals are selfish – caring only about the well-being and safety of themselves and their offspring to the detriment and sometimes demise of strangers and even group members of the same species.

Can’t we all just get along?

“The scientists gave rats a choice between two levers they could press to receive candy (sucrose pellets). After the rats had developed a preference for one of the two levers, the scientists rewired the delivery system so that pressing the preferred lever also delivered an unpleasant electric stimulation to the floor of a neighboring rat. The shocked neighbor reacted by squeaking their protest.”

In a study published in Current Biology and summarized in a press release, the researchers reveal that rats who saw that their pleasure meant pain for another rat – even a rat they’d never seen before – would stop pressing the lever. This so shocked (with no associated candy) the researchers that they decided to see if this trait was connected to the same part of the brain that controls empathy in humans. The results were even more … you know the word.

“In humans, functional magnetic resonance imaging experiments show that the anterior cingulate cortex, a region between the two hemispheres of the brain, lights up when people empathize with the pain of a fellow human. The researchers had recently shown that the same region in the rat contains emotional mirror neurons—neurons that map the witnessed pain of another rat onto the witness’ own pain neurons. In the present study, they reduced brain activity in the same region in the rat by injecting a local anesthetic and observed that rats then stopped avoiding to harm another rat for candy.”

OK, that part sounds like the plot of a movie about a mad scientist creating a race of sociopathic, killer rats. While the experiment shows that rats have some form of harm aversion towards fellow rats that is similar to empathy in humans, it doesn’t test what the trigger might be. The sounds of other rats in pain? An inherent sense of animal morality? Some unknown rat religion? While those questions will obviously mean more grant money for new studies by rat researchers, it also has implications for human psychologists and social scientists studying empathy, morality and the lack of those traits in sociopaths. It may mean that all humans have the trait – independent of religion or other spiritual or moral influence or training – and something physical drives or allows some humans to kill or viciously harm fellow humans.

Its not me … its my brain

Does this mean that humans exhibiting sociopathic or even mere antisocial behavior should have their brains examined? Should some sort of physical or drug treatment be developed? What could possibly go wrong? Does this sound like a movie plot or something that could be (or perhaps has already has been) exploited by an evil government? Professor Christian Keysers, co-author of the study, looks at the good side.

“Whatever the motive, that we share a mechanism that prevents antisocial behavior with rats is extremely exciting to me. We can now use all the powerful tools of brain science to explore how to increase harm aversion in antisocial patients.”

Perhaps we should learn as much as we can from rats before we eradicate them from the planet.

COMMENTS

Loading...
Name

Âm Nhạc Ẩm Thực Angela Phương Trinh Angelina Jolie Bảo Thy benh-gan Bộ Ảnh - Video Brad Pitt Bùa Ngải Bước Nhảy Hoàn Vũ cac-benh-ve-gan Cao Thái Sơn Chi Pu Chuyện chỉ có ở Trung Quốc Chuyện kỳ lạ về trẻ em Chuyện Lạ Chuyện lạ bốn phương chọn lọc Chuyện lạ cảm động về các loài vật Chuyện lạ khó tin nhưng lại có thật Chuyện lạ ở Nhật Bản Chuyện lạ thế giới khó tin nhưng có thật Chuyện lạ về các loài vật Chuyện lạ về các tài năng hiếm có Chuyện lạ về chó và mèo Chuyện lạ về du lịch Chuyện lạ về hôn nhân - vợ chồng Chuyện lạ về những kỷ lục giảm cân Chuyện lạ về sữa Chuyện lạ Việt Nam có thật Cine Cộng Đồng Mạng Công Nghệ Cung Hoàng Đạo Cường Đô La Đàm Vĩnh Hưng Đàn Ông Đặng Thu Thảo dang-mieng Đĩa Bay Diễm My 9x Điện Ảnh Diệp Lâm Anh Đỗ Mạnh Cường Đời Sống doi-song Đông Nhi Đồng Tính Động Vật Du Lịch Đức Phúc fashion Gay Giảm cân Giáo Dục Giới Trẻ Hồ Ngọc Hà Hoa Hậu Hòa Minzy Hoài Linh Hoàng Thùy Linh Học Tiếng Anh hoc-duong Hot News HotNews Hương Giang Idol Hương Tràm Huỳnh Hiểu Minh Issac Jennifer Phạm Jessica Minh Anh Kenbi Khánh Phạm Khám Phá kham-pha Khánh Hiền Khmer News khoa-hoc khoa-hoc-cong-nghe Khoảnh Khắc Lan Khuê Lazada Lê Xuân Tiền Lều Phương Anh Linh Nga Lý Hải Mai Phương Thúy Maria Ozawa Mẹo Vặt Midu Minh Hằng Miu Lê Món ngon mỗi ngày Mọt Phim Musik Mỹ Linh Mỹ Tâm News Ngô Kiến Huy Ngọc Trinh Người ngoài hành tinh Nhật Kim Anh Những chuyện kỳ quặc trên thế giới Những hiện tượng bí ẩn và khó hiểu Những người có khả năng đặc biệt Noo Phước Thịnh Ốc Thanh Vân oto-xe-may Phạm Băng Băng Phạm Hương Phẫu Thuật Thẩm Mỹ Phong cách Phượng Channel Pokémon Go Quang Dũng Sao Shopping Sĩ Thanh Sơn Tùng M-TP sport Star Sức Khỏe suc-khoe suc-khoe-gioi-tinh Tâm Linh Tâm Sự Tăng Thanh Hà Taylor Swift Thanh Hằng Thành Lộc Thanh Thảo The Face - Gương mặt thương hiệu Thể Hình The Remix – Hòa Âm Ánh Sáng the-gioi Thời Trang Thu Minh Thu Phương Thượng Ẩn Thúy Nga Tin Nổi Bật Tin Nóng Tin Thế Giới Tin Trong Nước Tình Yêu Tom Cruise Trà Ngọc Hằng Trấn Thành Trường Giang Trương Nam Thành Tử Vi tv-show UFO Ung Thư Video Việt Hương Vietnam's Next Top Model Vĩnh Thụy Võ Cảnh Võ Hoàng Yến Vũ Khắc Tiệp Vũ Ngọc Anh Vũ Ngọc Đãng xa-hoi xe xo-gan Xu Hướng - Làm Đẹp
false
ltr
item
GIẢI TRÍ SAO 24H: Study Finds Rats Show Signs of Empathy Towards Other Rats
Study Finds Rats Show Signs of Empathy Towards Other Rats
https://mysteriousuniverse.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/rat-4075129_1920-e1583583771272-643x440.jpg
GIẢI TRÍ SAO 24H
https://www.giaitrisao24h.com/2020/03/study-finds-rats-show-signs-of-empathy.html
https://www.giaitrisao24h.com/
https://www.giaitrisao24h.com/
https://www.giaitrisao24h.com/2020/03/study-finds-rats-show-signs-of-empathy.html
true
5412201294335186192
UTF-8
Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All BÀI CÙNG CHỦ ĐỀ LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago