The benefits of stroking mice

30 06 2015

Screenshot 2015-06-30 21.32.13As well as making hamsters thin, stroking can be rewarding for mice apparently (here’s a link about a paper I missed a couple of years ago on place preference conditioning), and new research shows it can even boost their immune systems.

What’s surprising to me about this last study is that stroking mice with gloved fingers was more effective than stroking them with a paintbrush, even though gloves can have a rather ‘rubbery’ feel you’d think would pull on their fur. Wonder how this compares to real allo-grooming?


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