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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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Dead Reckoning

Dead Reckoning

(p.401) 38 Dead Reckoning
The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

Douglas G. Wallace

Ian Q. Whishaw

Oxford University Press

Rats may use at least two navigational strategies that aid in the recovery of resources and protection from predation: allothetic and idiothetic. Allothetic navigation involves the use of external cues (visual, auditory, or olfactory cues). Idiothetic navigation involves the use of uses cues generated by self-movement (proprioceptive and vestibular cues, sensory flow, or efferent copies of movement commands). A prominent form of idiothetic navigation is dead reckoning, in which a rat locates its present position in relation to a starting position, to which it can return. This chapter presents behavioral techniques used to investigate dead reckoning and describes a theoretical framework for dead reckoning.

Keywords:   laboratory rats, anti-predator behavior, idiothetic navigation, navigational strategies, predation, allothetic navigation

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