Primetime at BU Library Presents Edgren Scholars "The Effect of Social Housing on Learning Ability in a Rodent Model"

Primetime at BU Library Presents Edgren Scholars "The Effect of Social Housing on Learning Ability in a Rodent Model"
Date Tuesday, October 19, 2021
11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
FeaturingDr. Rachel Anderson, Psychology, and Paisley Buchanan, Senior majoring in Neuroscience
Location University Library - View maps and directions
Bethel University
3900 Bethel Dr St Paul MN 55112
Instructions for GuestsJoin us by Zoom or in person. (Masks required for this in-person presentation.)
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SponsorsFriends of the Bethel University Library and the Office of Academic Affairs.

Event Description

All animals learn. To learn is to survive. Scientists have long used animal models to study learning, as evidence indicates that learning operates through laws that are fairly universal. Most experiments study learning in singly-housed animals to allow for food restriction, motivating them to work (and learn) for food. However, it is well known that singly-housed animals experience this isolation as a significant psychological stressor, thereby making it difficult to understand how learning occurs in natural settings. The goal of this study is to compare the similarities and differences in animals who are pair-housed (and not food-restricted) with animals who are singly-housed (and food-restricted) when it comes to learning a working memory task. The researchers are hoping to come up with learning protocols that allow them to test for prefrontal functioning without putting animals in unnecessarily stressful situations. 


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