Chapter

Adolescence

Russell W. Brown

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/9780195162851.003.0026
 Adolescence

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This chapter begins by describing the appearance of motor abilities, social and play behavior, sexual maturity, and sensory function in laboratory rats. It then discusses cognitive function, the development of simple stimulus associations made in conditioned taste aversion, and complex associations necessitated in spatial memory. The development of brain structures and their possible role in these behaviors are also discussed.

Keywords: laboratory rats; motor abilities; social behavior; play behavior; sexual maturity; sensory function; cognitive function

Chapter.  5128 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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