JUL 16, 2015 5:54 AM PDT

Do Rats Dream of Cheese?


What do animals dream of? A study from University College London, attempted to find that out recently. Researchers devised a small maze and kept four rats in it. From the maze, the rats could see food, but could not actually reach it. When the rats slept, electrodes attached to the animals to record brain activity showed that the planning center of the brain, the hippocampus, was heavily active during the sleep cycle. While the researchers were not able to say for sure what the rats might have been looking forward to, the fact that brain activity depicting a plan for future action could be detected is significant.

An earlier study in rat dreams and memory resulted in an MIT scientist being able to implant a false memory in a mouse. This recent study was not quite the same, however the ability of the brain to process memory and plan for future activity based on those memories is an area of research that is of great interest to scientists.
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
DEC 22, 2019
Plants & Animals
DEC 22, 2019
Ever Wonder What Happens Inside a Clam's Shell?
Most people think of clams as a gooey blob inside of a two-piece shell, but there’s actually a lot more going on inside that shell that you might com...
DEC 23, 2019
Space & Astronomy
DEC 23, 2019
Why NASA's Artemis Mission is So Important
If you’ve been following NASA, then you’ve undoubtedly heard about the American space agency’s Artemis mission. Artemis is all about laun...
JAN 07, 2020
Space & Astronomy
JAN 07, 2020
Everything You Need to Know About Exoplanets
While most people are familiar with the planets residing in our solar system from lessons taught back in grade school, it’s important to remember tha...
JAN 15, 2020
Earth & The Environment
JAN 15, 2020
2019 Was The Second Warmest Year on Record
Independent analyses from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have confirmed that 2019 was the second warmest year on recor...
JAN 19, 2020
Plants & Animals
JAN 19, 2020
Flying Foxes Must be Careful of Crocodiles When Hydrating
Flying foxes absolutely despise the Sun, and with that in mind, it should come as no surprise to anyone that they look for shade whenever possible. One pro...
JAN 21, 2020
Plants & Animals
JAN 21, 2020
After Hibernation, These Grizzlies Turn to Clams for Nourishment
Grizzly bears spend up to seven Wintery months hibernating, and in that time, they can lose a substantial amount of their body weight. While surrounding ma...
Loading Comments...