The Lab Rat Chronicles: A Neuroscientist Reveals Life Lessons from the Planet's Most Successful Mammals

The Lab Rat Chronicles: A Neuroscientist Reveals Life Lessons from the Planet's Most Successful Mammals

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by Kelly Lambert
     
 

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Discover What Rodents Know About the Good Life

What can the common laboratory rat tell us about being human? According to behavioral neuroscientist Kelly Lambert, a whole lot. Her twenty- five-year career conducting experiments that involve rats has led her to a surprising conclusion: Through their adaptive strategies and good habits, these

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Discover What Rodents Know About the Good Life

What can the common laboratory rat tell us about being human? According to behavioral neuroscientist Kelly Lambert, a whole lot. Her twenty- five-year career conducting experiments that involve rats has led her to a surprising conclusion: Through their adaptive strategies and good habits, these unassuming little animals can teach us some essential lessons about how we, as humans, can lead successful lives. From emotional resilience and a strong work ethic to effective parenting and staying healthy, the lab rat is an unlikely but powerful role model for us all.

This is a surprising and engaging guided tour into the sophisticated mental, emotional, and behavioral worlds of these frequently maligned and often misunderstood little creatures.

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A neuroscientist burrows down deep into the lives of rats and emerges with clues to model human behavior.

The most successful mammals on the planet have already contributed much to the field of scientific research, but Lambert insists that there's still plenty to learn from them. In this jauntily written examination of the lives of the lowly lab rat, she suggests that we would do well to emulate the prodigious achievements of our mammalian cousins—and the first steps just might be to fire the maid, ditch the Lexus and start getting our hands dirty. Rats, Lambert writes, are blue-collar creatures who owe much of their happiness to an unambiguous work ethic. Deprived of this, they soon begin to exhibit the same tell-tale signs of anxiety, frustration and depression now afflicting so many among our cushy Western culture. Unlike humans, however, the rats studied here are more likely to beat the blues with a spin on the exercise wheel than by downing a synthetic drug. It's a radical prescription, indeed, with potentially far-reaching effects on how we live, work and play. Wrinkle your nose if you must, but the "whisker wisdom" these rodents display in their quest for survival is tough to dismiss. If the author is right, the caged lab rat could provide humans with the means of escaping the workaday prisons so many currently inhabit.

Built on solid scientific research, a rodent tale both fascinating and entertaining.

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ISBN-13:
9781101515846
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
340 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Kelly Lambert, PhD, is the Macon and Joan Brock chair of Psychology at Randolph-Macon College and the author of Lifting Depression. In addition to teaching psychology and neuroscience courses, she maintains a behavioral neuroscience laboratory where she and her students investigate the plasticity of the mammalian brain. Her research has been published in scientific journals such as Nature, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Scientific American. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Visit her website at kellylambertlab.com/.

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