Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Rats use their whiskers in a similar way to how humans use their hands and fingers

Date:
July 7, 2014

Source:
University of Sheffield

Summary:
The way rats use their whiskers is more similar to how humans use their hands and fingers than previously thought, new research has found. Rats deliberately change how they sense their environment using their facial whiskers depending on whether the environment is novel, if there is a risk of collision and whether or not they can see where they are going.


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