Posted August 9th, 2013
OK, “drunk” might not be technically accurate, but when exposed to alcohol, the fish show no fear of a robotic version of one of their natural predators, the Indian leaf fish. When they’re “sober,” they avoid the thing like crazy. The researchers believe that the experiments indicate a promising future for robots in behavioral studies.
The experiments were aimed at studying the effects of alcohol on fear responses, and carried out by scientists at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) and Italy’s Istituto Superiore di Sanità.