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Messing Up Their Results

Northern Shoveler, San Antonio NM, February 10, 2011

... Jack Panksepp found that laboratory-reared rats who've never seen or smelled a cat stop playing the instant you put a tuft of cat hair in their play space. Since frightened animals don't play, that's a good indication that those rats are afraid. ... This experience got Dr Panksepp to thinking about how many research laboratories might be messing up their results due to researchers' coming to work smelling like their pet cats.

Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin, p207

clipped March 15, 2005

Collection: Natural Science