Social Learning

Bennett G. Galef, Jr.

in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

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

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This chapter begins with a brief review of the literature on social influences on food choices of Norway rats. It describes fieldwork strongly suggesting that interactions between adult free-living rats and their young can determine which foods the young come to eat. It then describes several behavioral processes that have been shown in the laboratory to be sufficient to influence food choice in young rats. Finally, it discusses a type of social influence on rats' food preferences that has already proved to be useful in studies of the physical substrates of learning and memory.

Keywords: Norway rats; laboratory rats; learning behavior; food choices; memory social influence; food preferences

Chapter.  4528 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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