December 3, 2010

Rats Overcome Fear With Reasoning

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When University of Washington researcher Jeansok Kim wanted to determine how animals dealt with fear when seeking food, he trained rats to retrieve pellets. Once they had mastered that, Kim added a LEGO Mindstorms Robogator that would snap at the rat when he left his shelter. To make a long story study short, the rats eventually learned that they could retrieve pellets 30" from the bot and avoided ones that were only 10" away because that would put them in danger. Click here to see videos of the experiments, including one from the Robogator's perspective.

Via University of Washington

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at December 3, 2010 8:45 AM
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