Scientists have discovered how a drug affects the behavior of the octopus

Ученые выяснили, как наркотик влияет на поведение осьминога

Ecstasy has increased social activity octopus, Scientists have studied how ecstasy affects the California two spotted octopus Octopus bimaculoides, which is known for its aggressive behavior in all organisms including their relatives. After taking ecstasy octopuses become more friendly, reports the with reference to RBC-Ukraine

American biologists have found that species of the California two spotted octopus react to ecstasy is exactly the same as the people become more social.

In order to see how the octopus reacts to ecstasy, the octopus was placed in a three-chamber tank, in the water which added the drug: the individual was in the Central room and the rooms on either side of it was either a new subject or a new individual.

In the experiment, the scientists found that after taking drugs octopuses have become much more social, more interested in new friends, not the subject.

The data obtained allowed to conclude that in the body of the octopus there is the plot, which is responsible for the involvement of the serotonergic system in the regulation of social behavior. A similar feature is present also in humans. The study allowed to conclude that this regulation is evolutionarily very ancient.

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