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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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Play and Fighting

Play and Fighting

(p.298) 28 Play and Fighting
The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

Sergio M. Pellis

Vivien C. Pellis

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines play and fighting behavior in rats. It begins with a discussion of serious fighting of adults, which is then contrasted with the playful fighting of juveniles. It shows that serious and playful fighting are distinct behaviors in rats, with play derived from sex, not aggression. Rats have modified the sexual content of play fighting and have co-opted its use in adulthood for quasi-aggressive purposes.

Keywords:   laboratory rats, playing, playful fighting, juvenile rats, aggression

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