Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mice are Sexist

theglobalpanorama / Foter
A recent study as found that mice find the scent from an unfamiliar male to be stressful, even if that male is human. It is interesting when you think of gender as a meaningful trait that crosses species boundaries.  In a way this suggests that domesticated mice place more weight on information about gender (male or female) than information about species (human, dog or mouse) when it comes to deciding how threatening a stranger is.

See: Olfactory exposure to males, including men, causes stress and related analgesia in rodents

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