Scientists believe rats secrete hormones which could advance human mental health treatment

Scientists said rats are good drivers when they are mentally stimulated. They taught rats to drive a mini rat-sized car. And Rats actually learned how to drive their own tiny cars.

According to scientists’ beliefs, this could advance human mental health too. As both, the brains of humans and rats share the same neurochemicals and area. However, humans still have a more complex brain structure than rats. There are some “universal truths” on how both species’ brains can interact within their environment.

Scientists found the real discovery in the fecal matter of the rats

According to the new findings published in Behavioural Brain Research, scientists found real discovery in the fecal matter of rats. For the procedure, a group of scientists trained two groups of young rats. They left one group in an enriched environment with toys, ladders, balls, and pieces of wood. It is all designed to spark mental stimulation. They left another group in a standard, unexciting lab cage.

Scientists found that rats learned to enter a custom “rat-operated vehicle,” or ROV. This vehicle is adorably constructed from a one-gallon plastic container turned on its side.

At the end of the experiment, scientists found that both groups of rats trained to drive secreted higher levels of hormones. These hormones include corticosterone and DHEA, hormones that control stress responses.

Corticosterone hormone is generally secreted by animals in high-stakes scenarios. These scenarios include running from a wild animal or defending themselves from predators. It also includes sometimes lower risk tasks. However, DHEA acts as a sort of buffer when corticosterone becomes toxic.

So, this corticosterone hormone has implications on human health too. Scientists refer to the release of hormones on “behaviorceuticals activities”. It reduces stress can build resilience against the onset of mental illness.