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Locomotor and Exploratory Behavior

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

in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195162851
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199863891 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.003.0016
 Locomotor and Exploratory Behavior

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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 increasingly more accessible for data acquisition and analysis. This chapter reviews studies relating to the animal's trajectory in the environment and relating to interlimb coordination. Each section starts from the stage of automated data acquisition and then proceeds through the isolation of patterns of movement to global regularities.

Keywords: laboratory rats; rat exploratory behavior; trajectory analysis; movement analysis; interlimb coordination

Chapter.  5786 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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