Robots show how alcohol calms fear in fish

Bio-inspired robots that look like predators can scare fish, but a high dose of ethanol can blunt their fear, according to new research.

These findings may pave the way for new methodologies for understanding anxiety and other emotions, as well as substances that alter them.

Maurizio Porfiri, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) and Simone Macrì, a collaborator at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Rome, Italy, published their findings in PLOS ONE.

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