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The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

Edited by Ian Q. Whishaw and Bryan Kolb

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195162851
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199863891 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.001.0001
The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

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This book contains a wide range of information of huge complexity on rat behavior. The book has three objectives. The first objective is to present an introduction of rat behavior. In choosing the rat as the subject species, the book has made the assumption that this species will remain, as it has in the past, the primary subject used the laboratory investigations of behavior. The second objective is to describe the organization and complexity of rat behavior. The major theme emerging from many lines of research on rat behavior is that understanding the rules of behavioral organization will be central in understanding the structural basis of behavior. The third objective is to update, as much as is possible, previous compendiums of rat behavior. Behavioral neuroscience continues to be a diverse field of research in which there remain many competing experimental methods and hypotheses. The behavioral descriptions in this book are closely tied to the laboratory methods from which they were derived, thus allowing investigators to exploit both the behavior and the methods for their own research. The first part of the book includes sections on natural history, sensory systems, motor systems, regulatory systems, development and parental behavior, social behavior, cognitive functions, and models. The second section is comprised by the major tests used by scientists interested in each domain of behavior.

Keywords: rats; behavior; laboratory methods; parental behavior; social behavior; cognitive functions

Book.  520 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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Evolution in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

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Ecology in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

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Strains in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

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Individual Differences in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

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Vision in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

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Somatosensation in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

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Pain in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

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Vibrissae in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

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Olfaction in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

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