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Trends Cogn Sci. 2012 Mar;16(3):143-4. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2011.12.012. Epub 2011 Dec 27.

The surprising empathic abilities of rodents.

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Department of Psychology and Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain, McGill University, Montreal, QC H3A 1B1, Canada. jeffrey.mogil@mcgill.ca

Abstract

Many believe empathy and related pro-social behaviors to be the sole province of humans. The evolutionary antecedents of such phenomena, however, have been observed in lower mammals. By demonstrating empathy-based helping behavior in rats, a recently published study has provided clear-cut evidence that pro-social behaviors are not limited to humans.

PMID:
22206750
DOI:
10.1016/j.tics.2011.12.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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