Chapter

Infancy

Jeffrey R. Alberts

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/9780195162851.003.0025
 Infancy

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This chapter presents brief overviews of the growth of the Norway rat pup and differentiation of behavioral systems. There follows a kind of “ethogram” of early postnatal behavior in Rattus norvegicus, intended to put into a more natural context some of the processes of sensory and motor development, with an emphasis on information that can be used for designing and interpreting tests with immature rats.

Keywords: laboratory rats; Norway rat pup; Rattus norvegicus; sensory development; motor development

Chapter.  7210 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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