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

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101515846
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 707,004
File size: 340 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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

Table of Contents

1 Whisker Wisdom Emerges 1

2 Building the Brain Trust 21

3 Neuroeconomics and Long-Term Investments 39

4 Universal Healthcare 59

5 Enhancing Emotional Resilience 83

6 The Value of Social Diplomacy 111

7 The Perils of Bad Hair Days 133

8 The Final Rose Ceremony 151

9 FamilyValues 173

10 Winning the Rat Race 201

11 Weapons of Mass Destruction 228

12 Keeping It Real: The Most Important Lesson of All 242

References 263

Index 297

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