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Prenatal Behavior

Scott R. Robinson and Michele R. Brumley

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/9780195162851.003.0024
 Prenatal Behavior

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This chapter discusses fetal development in rats. Topics covered include the ecology of fetal development, movement and sensation during prenatal development, fetal action patterns, and proprioceptive stimuli and motor learning. Research has confirmed that behavioral organization, coordinated movement, sensory responsiveness, and learning all can be expressed in the prenatal rat. Study of the rat fetus thus is well situated to complement existing research approaches with adult rats as well as simpler systems to understand basic problems in behavioral neuroscience and neurobehavioral development.

Keywords: laboratory rats; fetal development; motor learning; prenatal development; fetal action patterns; proprioceptive stimuli; motor learning

Chapter.  4708 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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