Mazes, mice and men

Prompt  –

garden maze

Copyright – Melanie Greenwood

Do rats learn a maze by choosing the corridors that lead to a reward, or do they generate an internal map of the maze even without a reward.
Multiple T-mazes were used to answer the question of response and cognitive learning. The debate was resolved by Nazis – who used human models here at this green maze. Those who survived had learned to generate a cognitive map of the maze and reach the food reward points quicker.
Tord and Lumbert hope to acquire it. They plan to use it for testing some new drugs for curing Alzheimer’s-disease – with human volunteers.

Words  ~<100


Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.



24 thoughts on “Mazes, mice and men

  1. Dear Yarnspinner, Very clever story for the prompt – I’m aMazed! Really good job! I think this would be a good idea if it could help with the dreaded disease of Alzheimer’s. Great job! Nan 🙂

    • True – John O’Keefe, along with May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser, discovered cells that form a positioning system in the brain — our hard-wired GPS and bagged the 2014 Nobel in physiology & medicine.
      It is not exactly a oxymoron as those in stage 1 -3 may easily volunteer,
      Thank you for the interest. 🙂

  2. A chilling story. That beautiful sunlit maze with a sinister history…
    Making us all think is important. Writing strange bits of fiction – I’m definitely up for that.

    On a personal note I have always had a terrible sense of direction – I can get lost coming back from the toilet in a new restaurant. So I felt slightly odd hearing about the piece of research you explain above. Perhaps I should volunteer myself for some maze experiments?

  3. Some people seem to have better GPS systmes in their brains than others, Yarnspinnerr. I don’t think mine was ever that good. It would be great if they could find something to help with the healing or stop of Alzheimer’s. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

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