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The hypothesis that both hamsters and mice are able to learn and remember, but that mice are able to learn faster than hamsters, is proven to be true.

Mice and hamsters are mammals, just like us human beings. Therefore humans and rodents share some similar characteristics and even genetic similarities. This makes rodents, especially mice, very suitable lab animals to conduct experiments that cannot be done on human beings. 

Also consider

The experiment can also be done using a different kind of feed like dried shrimp.

How different will your results be, if the length of time between the attempts in increased, like once a day?

Would there be a difference if you were to use young mice/hamsters instead of fully grown creatures?


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Time required:
2 day to prepare, 10 hour for observation
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Wear gloves when handling rodents to prevent getting bitten.