Rats Regret Wrong Decisions, A Behavior Once Thought To Be Only Human

June 9, 2014 5:57 AM

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Rats Regret Wrong Decisions, A Behavior Once Thought To Be Only Human

Showing regret for making the wrong decision is no longer a behavioral trait exclusive to humans, as rats too feel sorry for not making the right choice, a new study suggests.

As part of the study, researchers conducted a task named “Restaurant Row,” in which they allowed rats to enter chambers containing different food options. And, as the rats were given only a limited amount of time to make a choice, they would sometimes pick a bad meal over a good one, and then look b...

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