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Contact: Kevin Jiang
University of Chicago Medical Center

Social Experiences Determine Whether Rats Will Help Strangers

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Caption: Peggy Mason and Inbal Bartal of the University of Chicago describe how they discovered that rats will help strangers out of empathy, but with a caveat -- they will only help rats of a type they are familiar with.

Credit: University of Chicago, Kevin Jiang

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