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.
This could explain why MDMA has a similar effect on both species. The results were clear, as the octopuses preferred to spend more time in the cage that contained another octopuses than it did when it was not on MDMA.
A neuropsychopharmacologist at Imperial College London named Professor David Nutt said the results of this study also provide more evidence that a wide range of species experience emotion and empathy: "This just proves that this is not some peculiar human characteristic, it's not even a mammalian characteristic, it's a characteristic of brains". The similar effect is observed despite 500+ million years of evolution separating humans and invertebrates like the octopus. Octopuses can open jars, pick the World Cup winners and make escape attempts.
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But what about a solitary and asocial create like an octopus?
Edsinger and his colleagues first noticed humans and octopi shared similar serotonin regulation genes in 2015, shortly after completing the first sequence of the octopus genome. Any given octopus is unlikely to seek out companionship from other octopuses, only coming together when it is time to mate.
"It just shows us how much we don't know and how much there is out there to understand". On the other side, again separated by a wall with a hole, was another octopus, in a cage. When the researchers compared the genome of the California two-spot octopus (Octopus bimaculoides) to those of other animals, they discovered humans and octopuses could both make this protein, and it was almost 100 percent similar at that special Pac-Man spot.
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In 2008, Otto the octopus - a resident at the Sea Star Aquarium in Coburg, Germany - caused havoc after learning he could turn off the light in his aquarium by climbing to the rim of his tank and squirting a jet of water at it. Prof de Wit said that would help rule out the idea that they were friendlier the second time because they'd got used to the tank, or the other octopus. They add that the octopuses may rely on common pathways to behave socially at certain times, such as during mating season. However, on a lower dose, one octopus appeared to be "doing water ballet", swimming around the tank with tentacles outstretched. Current Biology, Sept. 20, 2018.
From this reaction, the scientists took that despite the huge differences between the brains of an octopus and a human, social behavior came naturally built into our DNA.
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