empathy

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]

Helping Your Fellow Rat

December 9, 2011

If you called someone a rat, they probably wouldn’t take it as a compliment. But in a clever new study published today in Science, a team of University of Chicago neurobiologists show that rodents could serve as role models for how humans [Read more]