How can studies on mice apply to humans?


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It's really disheartening to think that a mouse has the same kind of frustration trying to make its way around a maze that I feel when I play Scrabble on my iPhone, but it's pretty accurate. I would like to think that if I was rewarded with a piece of cheese for a good word, however, I would be able to win a lot more often.

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