There is a study going around about rats and addiction. Most call it “rat park” and it pretty much deals with the cause of addiction.
But even I could tell from a cursory glance that this seems a bit off. Saying that it isn’t the drug that is addictive but rather it’s the living conditions subjects find themselves in, which smacks of BS to me (considering the opioid epidemic). I’m even thinking to myself that humans are more complex than rats, we can’t really judge human behavior based on rats right?
I tried to spell this out to people but they cite how rats have similar brain chemistry to humans and so that’s why they were chosen. But doesn’t the study not blame biology though?