memorialmonorail OP t1_j254hsh wrote

It's not quite that simple. In this study, the test drive reinforced a personal symbolic meaning - specifically, the test-driver's self-perception as a user of new gadgetry - and that reinforced identity was the ticket to intention to buy. The study found two other self-perceptions were not reinforced - being an environmentalist or an authority on cars. And the test drive also reinforced the prospective buyer's sense that the car would be a status symbol - but that symbolic meaning was not associated with intention to buy.


memorialmonorail OP t1_iqwph52 wrote

Not at all - just that gabapentin appears to have some beneficial effect on mental health, at least in the context of spinal cord injury, and that while investigating why that might be (and finding birth of new neurons is a likely factor), researchers found that social support improved injured animals' drive to participate in rehab.


memorialmonorail OP t1_iqwib3c wrote

That is generally what happened - this lab previously found gabapentin could help restore upper limb function after a spinal cord injury, and was following up by testing whether gabapentin combined with classic post-SCI treadmill training could improve recovery even further. They found no additional forelimb function, but noticed mice that didn't get gabapentin were averse to rehab, and began looking for reasons behind that. There's more to learn about gabapentin's effects on mental health in SCI at the cellular level, but social support/group setting in lieu of the drug induced rehab participation.