Panksepp's research goal is to offer a scientific strategy for understanding the basic emotional feelings in the mammalian brain, including humans, by
accurately studying the instinctual emotional behaviors of animals. He is developing the idea that emotional feelings are closely linked to the
instinctual actions animals exhibit.
"All animals have instinctual behaviors, so therefore we target the instinctual circuits," he said. "We can stimulate a circuit - say by gently
tickling a rat - to essentially ask the animal if he likes the circuit on or off (rats like it on). They always choose one way or the other. Mother
Nature built it in such a way that a feeling component is part of the instinctual system.
The video goes on to speak of this person interacting with rats. He found that they enjoy the "hand play" with the critters. As he tickles
them, they give out a high pitched chuckle, something sounding akin to something very small laughing with glee and amuesment. This is a must see.
The person goes on to say that after playing with these rats in such a way, they actually follow the persons hand to play more, as they seem to enjoy
I couldnt stop at this. It was so amusing and so funny that I think I now want to test this. I for one think rats are ugly critters, but after
watching this video, and pulling me so to watch others such as this one below, leads me to believe that these may be fun animals afterall with,
amusingly, some human traits. Seriously debating on a Trio here. Dog, Cat and Mouse, just to see how well they adapt over their lifetimes. That
would be very cool to be a part of.
I seriously got a kick out of this article. I hope you guys will enjoy as much as I did.
edit on 2-7-2012 by article because: my keyboard hates me
When I was in high school, I owned a 6 foot albino Burmese python. The snake (his name was Hiss, I know not very creative) ate rats, and they can
become costly when used as live feeders, so in order to lessen the cost of feeding my python I chose to raise rats as feeders......I ended up getting
rid of the snake and keeping rats as pets instead. I grew very attached to my rats, more so than I ever a was to my python, they are very intelligent
and loving pets.
Great thread! I have a pet rat, her name is Girlfriend. She is precious, playful, affectionate and great with children. She will curl up with me and
take a nap in the crook of my arm, sit on my lap and watch TV, follow me all over the house, like a cat really. I converted a purse to her carrier and
take her wherever I'm going all the time. If I tell her "Girlfriend, you can't come out in here" she will literally stay in the bag curled up
under her little blanket untill I call her name, if I don't tell her that she will prop her hands up on the side of the bag and just watch where we
are going. I love it, she is so stinking cute! I can't believe I ever was a rat hater because this is the best pet I've ever had. Those videos were
adorable too. I have never been able to get her to laugh but I'll keep trying. She does purr though, she's so small you cant hear it unless you lay
your ear on her but you can feel her vibrating. lol
Ya know, after seeing this video and reading the news clip on it, I would have never guessed and I always thought rats, like snakes, were just nasty
things and better off dead. I still feel that way about all poisonous and non snake eating snakes.. But now Im starting to think, there is a whole
world of emotion humans have not even touched upon, and untill now, have only given passing thought to.
Imagine how many times we wondered about the extent of emotions in our own pets, and seldom extended it to such smaller and the not-your-average pets.
I'm really loving how it pushes you, almost begging you to look at deeper aspects of all life in general and how beautiful it really is when looked
at it from the heart than from fear and misstrust.
Originally posted by wingdflame
That made me smile too. I wonder how many animals this has been found in? I think I'll try this on my cats, but I'm not sure if they'll be too
happy about it.
No way. Cats HATE touchin their belly. I think it has something to do with their defence mechanism though. At least, this is the conclusion I come
When Cats (tigers, lions) attack, they tend to bite down and rake with their back paws. This disembowls their victims. I personaly think that's why
cats dont like having their tummies touched. If you grab a cat under the head (playfully now - or otherwise) they will rake the hell out of you with
their back feet. Cats cant stand being in any compramising possition no matter how much they trust.. errr wait. Cats has a serious trust issue.
so yeah, I can see that but it's still funny that they're "ticklish" under the belly. Scratch right where their tail meets their back. Thats a
taboo place for kitties also.
My intentions weren't to derail your thread, if I have then im sorry. I just thought you might be interested in the older thread. I know how lousy the
search function is and since I couldn't add a link due to being on mobile I felt I should mention it. Next time ill leave out the corny joke, again im
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