Mice can smell the pain of other mice and emphasize with their suffering

2713586769_6d6c526a39_o
Mouse. Source: AJ Cann, flickr.

We all know pain. We feel it. We see it. And mice can smell it.

According to a recent study in Science, mice near other mice in pain developed a 68 percent higher sensitivity to pain. The mice in pain let off a particular scent that stressed their roommates and the scientists recorded their empathetic response through chemical, thermal, and mechanical tests. With this knowledge, scientists can develop new theories on how humans sense pain.

In one room the scientists placed caged mice going through withdrawals from alcohol or opioid drugs near caged non-suffering mice. The researchers tried to measure the addicted mouse’s capacity  for pain by brushing their paws with hair and submerging its tail in hot water.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s