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The Behavior of the Laboratory RatA Handbook with Tests$
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Ian Q. Whishaw and Bryan Kolb

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162851

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.001.0001

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(p.121) 11 Posture
The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

Sergio M. Pellis

Vivien C. Pellis

Oxford University Press

Studies with rats have been central to the understanding of postural support mechanisms. This chapter uses examples from this research to illustrate the importance of looking carefully at states of immobility, identifying the sensory controls guiding postural responses, and fractionating such responses into independent modules. For the latter, one type of postural support response, righting, is examined in detail to illustrate the need for using highly specific tests to evaluate these independent modules.

Keywords:   laboratory rats, postural support, tests of righting, bracing

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