The learning abilities of hamsters who have been showered with affection
Hamsters that are shown human affection will be able to learn more quickly.
Animals and emotions
Scientists still disagree if animals have emotions like we humans do. We all know that animals feel pain and care for their newborn, but we do not know if these acts are done out of emotion or instinct.
Animals that are domesticated at home, lab specimens, animals in our zoos and animals found in the wild may all respond differently in a certain environment.
Animals that are caged up in a zoo or a laboratory will not have much opportunity to interact with people and the outside world. This would have suppressed their curiosity and learning abilities. This may be very much like a child who does not go to school to interact with other children and who may therefore lose the interest or desire to learn.
On the other hand, animals that are kept as pets at home (if they are well taken care of) and those that live in the wild will have plenty of opportunities to interact with others and their environments. Their curiosity and learning abilities will be enhanced from practice and they are also livelier and healthier.
Be careful when handling hamsters. Although they can be friendly, they do also bite when nervous or upset. Wear gloves to prevent injury.