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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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Prenatal Behavior

Prenatal Behavior

(p.257) 24 Prenatal Behavior
The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

Scott R. Robinson

Michele R. Brumley

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses fetal development in rats. Topics covered include the ecology of fetal development, movement and sensation during prenatal development, fetal action patterns, and proprioceptive stimuli and motor learning. Research has confirmed that behavioral organization, coordinated movement, sensory responsiveness, and learning all can be expressed in the prenatal rat. Study of the rat fetus thus is well situated to complement existing research approaches with adult rats as well as simpler systems to understand basic problems in behavioral neuroscience and neurobehavioral development.

Keywords:   laboratory rats, fetal development, motor learning, prenatal development, fetal action patterns, proprioceptive stimuli, motor learning

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