Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Jun 12, 2014
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Tracy Vence | Jan 16, 2014
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Suppressing Drug-Seeking Behaviors
Suppressing Drug-Seeking Behaviors
Abby Olena | Nov 24, 2013
Augmenting the action of a glutamate receptor in the brains of addicted rats helps prevent them from seeking cocaine during withdrawal, a study shows.
Signs of Consciousness in Dying Brains
Signs of Consciousness in Dying Brains
Chris Palmer | Aug 13, 2013
A brief burst of brain activity with the neural signatures of consciousness follows cardiac arrest in rats. 
Lab Rats Need Better Diets
Hayley Dunning | Jul 18, 2012
Rodents fed all-you-can-eat diets may be skewing experimental results.
Robo Rat
Jef Akst | Apr 1, 2012
More-realistic whiskered robots are better able to navigate dark or dusty environments, while providing insights into rodent sensory processing.
Stimulants Fail to Stimulate?
Ruth Williams | Mar 28, 2012
Caffeine and amphetamine don't always help rats work harder at tests of mental effort. It depends on their work ethic.
Parasite Spurs Rat Sexual Frenzy
Tia Ghose | Aug 19, 2011
The parasite Toxoplasma gondii furthers its transmission by making rats go wild for the scent of cat urine.
The Virtual Physiological Rat
Jessica P. Johnson | Aug 12, 2011
The NIH awards $13 million to create a computer model of a lab rat.
Rats Don't Map Altitude
Jef Akst | Aug 8, 2011
Rat neurons only weakly respond as the animals climbed upwards, suggesting the brain's map of the environment doesn't account for altitude.