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Rats Could Teach You a Thing or Two on Time Management, Says Study

Contrary to what you might think, mice are very intelligent animals. (Credits: Reuters)

Researchers from the French CNRS and the CEA research institutes, tested the time-control capabilities of mice by developing behavioral activity while rodents learned to press the lever for at least 3.2 seconds.

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  • Last Updated:March 24, 2022, 16:20 IS
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It is not always easy to calculate how long a task will take. Unless you are a mouse, it seems. These rodents are able to calculate their performance and change their behavior accordingly to perform better in the next season, according to a new international study. Humans are not the only animals that can err on the side of caution in their actions. Mice can too! This discovery was made by researchers from the French CNRS and the CEA research institutes, working with a scientist from the Polish Academy of Sciences. The team tested the time-management abilities of mice by developing behavioral activity during which rodents learned to press a lever for at least 3.2 seconds.

In a second phase, two feeders deliver a reward according to the animal’s performance. If the animal completes the task with a small error, just over 3.2 seconds, it receives food in the left feeder, and in the case of a large deviation, this is sent by the right feeder. This allows mice to understand that the status of their game depends on their accuracy.

In the third stage, rodents are given a choice between two feeders. They have won a game for choosing a particular feeder. Scientists found that mice chose a feed that corresponded to their short-term error. The one on the left if they complete their assigned task within 3.2 seconds, and the one on the right if they take longer.

The researchers found that, on each test, the mice performed a normal test with which they performed the procedure. They are even able to calculate the dream of their mistake. Contrary to what you might think, mice are very intelligent animals. Their good episodic memory allows them to retain multiple and specific pieces of information from past experiences. They even have the power of unity and altruism, as evidenced by two separate studies conducted by scientists in Japan and by researchers from the University of Chicago.

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