|NEOPHOBIA: THE FEAR OF THE NEW|
This section is 39 sec long, with soundtrack (see also "SILENT CLIPS")
|Topics and Behaviours covered: exploring, neophobia, reaction to traps (see commentary below).|
The colony did prove to differ markedly from wild rats in at least one aspect though. Despite their increased caution, they remain less fearful of novel objects than their wild counterparts, a feature called neophobia. It has been said that paranoia in wild rats is a sign of a good grasp of reality. But lab rats have become less suspicious you would not catch a wild rat so easily.