COLUMN: What We Can Learn From Rats

05/06/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

These similarities between stressed rats and students are remarkable, and Cornell students can learn quite a few lessons from the rodents. Studies on rats and mice suggest that short-term and mild stress is good, and even necessary, for optimal performance. In one study, rats that were forced to swim before running a maze made fewer mistakes compared to the rats that were not stressed prior to the maze.

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