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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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Maternal Behavior

Maternal Behavior

(p.287) 27 Maternal Behavior
The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

Stephanie L. Rees

Vedran Lovic

Alison S. Fleming

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes maternal behavior of the laboratory rat and outlines various methods of observing and quantifying this behavior. Although in some rodent biparental species males also show parental behavior, this is not the case for most rodents, including R. norvegicus. However, under certain experimental conditions, males also show many of the components of behavior normally shown by the mother rat. The general and specific methods for the testing of maternal behavior are described. Several environmental and situational factors that affect the expression of maternal behavior are considered.

Keywords:   laboratory rats, maternal behavior, maternal test, parental behavior

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