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The Human-Rodent Connection

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University of British Columbia researchers, intent on judging whether blocking dopamine D4 receptors can reduce the urge to gamble in subjects other than humans, claimed in October to have devised a test that works on the dopamine receptors of rats — especially those with a gambling problem. With a slot machine-like device dispensing sugar pellets, researchers claimed they offered rats measured risks and determined that rats are more likely to take risks immediately following a close loss (as are humans), according to Science Daily.

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