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Research Highlight: Teaching Rats to Drive

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Kelly Lambert, professor of behavioral neuroscience, and her research colleagues have taught rats how to drive. Lambert and her colleagues published this research in the Behavioural Brain Research journal article "Enriched Environment Exposure Accelerates Rodent Driving Skills."   

“This research study found that rats housed in a complex, enriched environment (i.e., environment with interesting objects to interact with) learned the driving task, but rats housed in standard laboratory cages had problems learning the task (i.e., they failed their driving test). That means the complex environment led to more behavioral flexibility and neuroplasticity,” Lambert said.

Among other outcomes, this research related to complex tasks may inform us about conditions such as anxiety and depression.

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For photo and video assets, more information, or to connect with Lambert, contact assistant director of media and public relations Sunni Brown at sbrown5@richmond.edu.

Teaching Rats to Drive