Behavior: Manly or Beastly?

Boozing at U.C.L.A.

The 36 subjects in the experiment, all male, fell into familiar patterns. Penned up in a fancy three-story condominium for months, the subjects drank heavily at a cocktail hour just before dinner and favored nightcaps just before bed. Every three or four days they went on a group bender, then tapered off the booze until it was time for another party. Punch line: all the subjects were rats.

Psychologist Gaylord Ellison conducted the experiment in the basement of the U.C.L.A. psychology building, where he compared the drinking habits of 36 individually caged rats with those of 36 rats living together...

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