Rats Driving Cars – Learning a New Skill Relieves Stress!
Regardless of how you may personally feel about rats, you’ve got to admit that they’re pretty smart! Several rats at the University of Richmond were taught by scientists to steer and drive miniature cars for the sweet, sweet prize of some fruit loops.
Did you know? Learning a new skill relieves stress!
One of the findings from the study helps show how learning a new skill relieves stress. The scientists measured two hormones as they learned to drive: corticosterone (a marker of stress) and dehydroepiandrosterone (which counteracts stress). The hormone that counteracts stress increased as they became more familiar and proficient with the driving task. If you’re anxious or nervous about starting to drive, don’t worry. If a rat can do it, so can you! 😉
Although driving will always be a dangerous task, with practice and experience, you’ll learn how to be a safe, effective driver on the roadway. Over time, feelings of stress and anxiety will fade!