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Sensing North
Sensing North
Jef Akst | Apr 2, 2015
“Blind” rats fitted with a neuroprosthetic device that stimulates the brain when the animals turn their heads to the north or south can navigate mazes as well as sighted rats.
“Inner GPS” Support
“Inner GPS” Support
Anna Azvolinsky | Feb 5, 2015
Grid cells—the neurons that function as a spatial navigation system—require input from another set of neurons, a rat study shows.
Rat Massages Get the Golden Goose
Rat Massages Get the Golden Goose
Molly Sharlach | Sep 4, 2014
Award recognizes research that has improved outcomes for premature babies.
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.