Freaky Friday: Conversations with rats


Redpath Museum Auditorium, 859 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C4, CA
Free, everyone welcome, no reservation necessary.
Charly and pet rat Algernon from film "Charly"

By Paul Clarke (Pharmacology and Therapeutics, McGill)

Laboratory rats appear largely silent to us, but they are in fact surprisingly vocal - in a high frequency range which we cannot hear. Rats make many different kinds of ultrasonic calls, and although we are far from "cracking the code", we think that eavesdropping on rat conversations will provide insights into the emotional life of these creatures. Followed by the 1968 film Charly based on the novel Flowers for Algernon.

IMAGE: Actor Cliff Robertson as Charly interacting with the laboratory rat Algernon.