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Maternal Behavior

Stephanie L. Rees, Vedran Lovic and Alison S. Fleming

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/9780195162851.003.0027
 Maternal Behavior

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This chapter describes maternal behavior of the laboratory rat and outlines various methods of observing and quantifying this behavior. Although in some rodent biparental species males also show parental behavior, this is not the case for most rodents, including R. norvegicus. However, under certain experimental conditions, males also show many of the components of behavior normally shown by the mother rat. The general and specific methods for the testing of maternal behavior are described. Several environmental and situational factors that affect the expression of maternal behavior are considered.

Keywords: laboratory rats; maternal behavior; maternal test; parental behavior

Chapter.  6471 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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