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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.266) 25 Infancy
The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

Jeffrey R. Alberts

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents brief overviews of the growth of the Norway rat pup and differentiation of behavioral systems. There follows a kind of “ethogram” of early postnatal behavior in Rattus norvegicus, intended to put into a more natural context some of the processes of sensory and motor development, with an emphasis on information that can be used for designing and interpreting tests with immature rats.

Keywords:   laboratory rats, Norway rat pup, Rattus norvegicus, sensory development, motor development

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