Prairie Voles Console Their Stressed Out Friends, Scientists Find

1/21/2016 - Lecturer in Psychology Adele Seelke in The Verge.

Prairie voles take pains to comfort their stressed out pals and relatives, perhaps offering a rare example of empathy in the animal kingdom, according to a new study in Science.

"I think it's a very nice piece of work that looks at physiological responses to specific environmental and social stimuli," said Adele Seelke, a researcher in the psychology department at UC Davis who studies prairie voles. But she cautioned that it's difficult to actually know what's really happening inside the animal's brain.

Read the full story in The Verge.