Maryland: As human beings we live in our thoughts, whether one is thinking about what to make for dinner or one is dreaming about spending a vacation on a beautiful beach. But what if an animal also dreams like this?
According to media reports, researchers at the Genelia Research Campus of Hogwarts Hughes Medical Institute (HMI) have revealed in a new study that animals also have imaginations. A team at Lee & Harris Labs developed a new system combining virtual reality and a brain-machine interface to investigate the thoughts of rats.
They found that animals, like humans, can imagine places and objects that are not in front of them, using their thoughts to walk in place or move a distant object to a specific location. Can even imagine.
Like humans, when rats experience places and events, specific neural activity patterns are triggered in the hippocampus, a brain region. The hippocampus is an area of the brain responsible for spatial memory. A new study shows that rats can voluntarily generate patterns of activity that allow them to imagine distant locations.