Anti-anxiety medication limits empathetic behavior in rats

June 27, 2016

UChicago neuroscientist Peggy Mason studies empathy--specifically how rats (and presumably other mammals like humans) show empathy toward each other. But in a new study, rats that were given anti-anxiety medications didn't free a companion in distress, showing that they have to be able to feel the anxiety of their fellow rats to help out. [Read more]

The Art of Science (and worms!)

April 6, 2016

Graduate student Adam Brown is no stranger to a microscope, since he spends his days studying the neurobiology of the nematode worm C. elegans. But these tiny worms don't just serve as model organisms for Brown’s research. They also happen to do double duty as models for his art. Watch Brown describe the art behind his science. [Read more]