Radio-Controlled Rats (Feb, 1957)

According to National Geographic very similar research is still being carried out.

The National Geographic article talks about actually using the rats like smart little robots. The research in this article is supposedly aimed at learning more about electro-shock therapy in insane patients. I’m not really sure how the to are related. Maybe their goal is to make crazy people navigate mazes.

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Radio-Controlled Rats

Rodents with radio sets in their heads get their brains massaged by electric impulses for science.

INSERTING a miniature crystal set beneath the skin of a rat’s head, Dr. Joseph A. Gengerelli, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, has been doing research on the subject of instructing rats by radio. With the aid of high frequency broadcasts, a rat can be taught to open one of three swinging doors. The radio signals cause minor convulsions in the rodent’s muscles and it learns to open the right door if rewarded with food. The tiny radio set in the rat’s head weighs only two oz. and is connected to the brain by an almost invisible fine wire. Experiments are designed to provide knowledge which can be applied in the treatment of insane persons through electric shock therapy.

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  1. Firebrand38 says: August 31, 20072:04 pm

    That’s nothing check out this pdf of an article from Scientific American on Dr Delgado and electrodes in the brain as well as a serious answer to your question.

    http://www.wireheading….

    This article has the famous sequence of photos where Dr Delgado stopped a charging bull using radio controlled electrodes in it’s brain.

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