How Hunger Motivation Affects A Rat 's Memory And Spatial Reasoning

875 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
Our purpose is to build a rat maze and find out how hunger motivation affects a rat’s memory and spatial reasoning. By learning more about what drives a rat’s actions we could in turn learn more about humans and what motivates them. Understanding why animals are motivated to complete a task can shed light onto reasons why animals behave the way they do and why animals chose to repeat a behavior.
Background Information: For our experiment, we will be testing if motivation from hunger affects the memory and spatial reasoning of rats. We will be using two rats of the same breed and age. One will be fed, and the other will be unfed. After performing the experiment, we will compare the number of trials and time it took for each rat to get through the same maze.
Since the early 20th century rats and other rodents have been used in experimental mazes to study spatial learning and memory in rats. They can also help uncover general principles about learning that can be applied to humans, and to determine whether different treatments or conditions affect learning and memory in rats. Rats are used in these mazes because they are particularly gifted at running them. It comes from their evolutionary history of digging and finding their way around underground tunnels.
There are many types of rat mazes used in experiments, such as the T maze, the multiple T maze, the Y maze, the radial arm maze, and the Morris water maze. Over time, rats tend to run the maze with fewer errors and more…
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