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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.217) 20 Foraging
The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

Ian Q. Whishaw

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses foraging behavior in rats. It describes eating behavior, food protection and theft, food carrying, and some aspects of their neural control. The rich array of behaviors related to food handling in the rat provides a challenge to investigators of the neural control of behavior. Eating behavior can also be a useful measure in a wide range of studies, including those related to addiction, eating disorders, individual differences, and spatial and temporal behavior.

Keywords:   laboratory rats, eating disorders, food protection, theft, food carrying, spatial behavior, temporal behavior

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