The Surprising Lesson Rats Can Teach Us About Human Behavior

Helping others isn't restricted only to humans. And apparently being peer-pressured into ignoring others isn't that special to humanity either.

Read more below about a new rat study that shows rats aren't so different from humans after all.

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A RECENT STUDY SHOWED THAT RATS ARE LESS LIKELY TO HELP A FELLOW RAT IF DISINTERESTED RATS ARE AROUND. This phenomenon is called the bystander effect,

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THE BYSTANDER EFFECT IS A PHENOMENON WHERE PEOPLE FAIL TO HELP OTHERS IN EMERGENCIES. Studies have shown there's a number of reasons for this, includi

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THE MURDER OF KITTY GENOVESE IS THE MOST FAMOUS EXAMPLE. The originating, textbook example of the bystander effect is the stabbing of Kitty Genovese i

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MOST OF THE DETAILS SURROUNDING HER STORY HAVE SINCE BEEN DEBUNKED. But her murder inspired social psychologists to demonstrate and popularize the theRead more: 5 Famous Psychological Studies That Were Hugely Overhyped

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IN THE RAT STUDY, RESEARCHERS TESTED WHETHER A RAT WOULD FREE A TRAPPED COMPANION. They found a rat would free another rat if it was alone, but if the

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WHETHER RATS HELP IS DEPENDENT ON CIRCUMSTANCE, NOT INDIVIDUAL TEMPERAMENT. This could have implications for humans. Maybe it's not so much about how Source: Phys.org

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