Chapter

Environment

Robbin L Gibb

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/9780195162851.003.0030
 Environment

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This chapter discusses how environmental parameters influence the physiology and behavior of rats and thus the experimental outcome. It considers lighting, humidity, airflow, noise, cage construction, diet, and social opportunity. Maternal influences, age at weaning, animal care, exercise regimens, and enrichment are also discussed. These factors can induce changes in brain weight, cerebral vascularization, adrenal size, and body weight.

Keywords: laboratory rats; environmental factors; rat physiology; rat behavior; weaning; animal care; exercise regimens

Chapter.  6087 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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