Do rats (Rattus norvegicus) perceive biological motion?

  title={Do rats (Rattus norvegicus) perceive biological motion?},
  author={Laura M. MacKinnon and Nikolaus F. Troje and Hans C Dringenberg},
  journal={Experimental Brain Research},
It is unknown whether the rodent visual system can perceive biological motion, an ability present in primates, cats, and several bird species. Using a water-maze visual discrimination task, we find that rats can be trained to distinguish between left- and rightward motion of abstract point-light displays of walking humans. However, rats were unable to generalize to a novel point-light display (a walking cat), or to a display of a backward walking human, where overall body configuration and… CONTINUE READING
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