The Doomed Mouse Utopia That Inspired The Rats of NIMH

John Bumpass Calhoun was a researcher at the the National Institute of Mental Health beginning in 1954. He had spent years already studying the behavior of groups of mice kept in captivity. Now he had space and resources to build mouse utopias. And he did, ever bigger an better. His largest experiment was a room sized mouse universe in which he placed eight mice in 1968. They thrived quickly due to the many amenities: plenty of food and water, nesting boxes, room to run, and most important...

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