I am a senior psychology major at Cedar Crest College taking a class on learning theory. Our assignment was to teach our rats a behavioral sequence. My rat was named Scabbers, so I thought it fitting to teach him a magic trick. The idea behind the sequence I chose was similar to the trick magicians do when they switch cups around and a participant has to guess which cup the ball is under. When he performs this trick, the audience doesn’t know that he can see which one the ball is actually under. After he flips all the cup, he does the command “ball” and plays with the ball, passing it between his paws or rolling it across the table.
I hope you like it! I really enjoyed teaching him the trick and am amazed at how well rats can learn commands and sequences such as these.