Antipredator Defense

D. Caroline Blanchard and Robert J. Blanchard

in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195162851
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199863891 | DOI:
 Antipredator Defense

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This chapter discusses defensive behavior in rats. Topics covered include specific defensive behaviors (e.g., flight, hiding, freezing, alarm cries, defensive attack), stimuli that elicit defense, the role of “expediting” stimuli in controlling specific defenses, the role of threat intensity in controlling specific defenses, outcomes of defensive behaviors, and laboratory models of rat defensive behaviors.

Keywords: laboratory rats; defensive behavior; defenses; specific defenses; threat

Chapter.  5207 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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