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Eating

Peter G. Clifton

in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat: A Handbook with Tests

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195162851
eISBN:
9780199863891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.003.0018
Subject:
Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Techniques

This chapter discusses the salient features of rat feeding behavior relevant to laboratory-based studies of this species. Topics covered include lifetime patterns of intake, daily patterns of intake, ... More


Environment

Robbin L Gibb

in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat: A Handbook with Tests

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195162851
eISBN:
9780199863891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.003.0030
Subject:
Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Techniques

This chapter discusses how environmental parameters influence the physiology and behavior of rats and thus the experimental outcome. It considers lighting, humidity, airflow, noise, cage ... More


Locomotor and Exploratory Behavior

Ilan Golani, Yoav Benjamini, Anna Dvorkin, Dina Lipkind, and Neri Kafkafi

in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat: A Handbook with Tests

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195162851
eISBN:
9780199863891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.003.0016
Subject:
Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Techniques

Rat exploratory behavior includes motor, locomotor, motivational, and cognitive aspects; it consists of a stimulating combination of stochastic and lawful elements. As technology improves, it becomes ... More


Ecology

S. Anthony Barnett

in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat: A Handbook with Tests

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195162851
eISBN:
9780199863891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.003.0002
Subject:
Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Techniques

The “Norway rat” (Rattus norvegicus), known also as the “brown rat” is rivaled as a pest only by the house mouse (Mus domesticus vel musculus) and the “ship” or “black” rat (Rattus rattus). R. ... More


Individual Differences

Guy Mittleman

in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat: A Handbook with Tests

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195162851
eISBN:
9780199863891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.003.0004
Subject:
Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Techniques

This chapter suggests that rats, like humans, display profound individual differences that have relevance for understanding a variety of normal and pathological conditions. Variability in the ... More


Somatosensation

Linda Hermer-Vazquez, Raymond Hermer-Vazquez, and John K. Chapin

in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat: A Handbook with Tests

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195162851
eISBN:
9780199863891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.003.0006
Subject:
Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Techniques

This chapter discusses five principles for how sensorimotor behaviors are learned and performed by rats, based on new findings from neuroscience. It focuses on nonvibrissal somatosensory processing ... More


Defensive Burying

Dallas Treit and John J. P. Pinel

in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat: A Handbook with Tests

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195162851
eISBN:
9780199863891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.003.0033
Subject:
Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Techniques

This chapter discusses defensive burying behavior by rats. Topics covered include development of defensive burying paradigms, unconditioned defensive burying, characteristics and generality of ... More


Incentive Behavior

Bernard W. Balleine

in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat: A Handbook with Tests

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195162851
eISBN:
9780199863891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.003.0041
Subject:
Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Techniques

This chapter discusses the incentive behavior of rats in the context of evaluative, Pavlovian, and instrumental conditioning procedures. These incentive processes constitute a hierarchy: instrumental ... More


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