peggy mason

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]

Brain Teasers: Cracking the mind’s toughest riddles [video]

May 1, 2015

How can we instill robotic arms with a sense of touch? What causes us to choke under pressure? How can a misfolded protein cause so much harm to our brains? And is empathy something shared across species, not just humans? Speaking to a packed crowd at the Logan Center on April 1st, neuroscientists from the University of Chicago discussed these questions and more in a series of TED-style talks. [Read More]