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The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat: A Handbook with Tests

Ian Q. Whishaw and Bryan Kolb


This book contains a wide range of information of huge complexity on rat behavior. The book has three objectives. The first objective is to present an introduction of rat behavior. In choosing the rat as the subject species, the book has made the assumption that this species will remain, as it has in the past, the primary subject used the laboratory investigations of behavior. The second objective is to describe the organization and complexity of rat behavior. The major theme emerging from many lines of research on rat behavior is that understanding the rules of behavioral organization will be ... More

Keywords: rats, behavior, laboratory methods, parental behavior, social behavior, cognitive functions

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195162851
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Q. Whishaw, editor
University of Lethbridge

Bryan Kolb, editor
University of Lethbridge

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I Natural History

1 Evolution

Andrew N. Iwaniuk

2 Ecology

S. Anthony Barnett

3 Strains

Lauren Gerard Koch, and Steven L. Britton

4 Individual Differences

Guy Mittleman

II Sensory Systems

5 Vision

Glen T. Prusky, and Robert M. Douglas

6 Somatosensation

Linda Hermer-Vazquez, Raymond Hermer-Vazquez, and John K. Chapin

7 Pain

Daniel Le Bars, and Samuel W. Cadden

8 Vibrissae

Richard H. Dyck

9 Olfaction

Burton Slotnick, Heather Schellinck, and Richard Brown

10 Taste

Alan C. Spector

III Motor Systems

11 Posture

Sergio M. Pellis, and Vivien C. Pellis

12 Orienting and Placing

Tim Schallert, and Martin T. Woodlee

13 Grooming

J. Wayne Aldridge

14 Locomotion

Gillian Muir

15 Prehension

Ian Q. Whishaw

16 Locomotor and Exploratory Behavior

Ilan Golani, Yoav Benjamini, Anna Dvorkin, Dina Lipkind, and Neri Kafkafi

17 Orcadian Rhythms

Michael C. Antle, and Ralph E. Mistlberger

IV Regulatory Systems

18 Eating

Peter G. Clifton

19 Drinking

Neil E. Rowland

20 Foraging

Ian Q. Whishaw

21 Thermoregulation

Evelyn Satinoff

22 Stress

Jaap M. Koolhaas, Sietse F. de Boer, and Bauke Buwalda

23 Immune System

Hymie Anisman, and Alexander W. Kusnecov

V Development

24 Prenatal Behavior

Scott R. Robinson, and Michele R. Brumley

25 Infancy

Jeffrey R. Alberts

26 Adolescence

Russell W. Brown

27 Maternal Behavior

Stephanie L. Rees, Vedran Lovic, and Alison S. Fleming

28 Play and Fighting

Sergio M. Pellis, and Vivien C. Pellis

29 Sex

William J. Jenkins, and Jill B. Becker

30 Environment

Robbin L Gibb

VI Defense and Social Behavior

31 Antipredator Defense

D. Caroline Blanchard, and Robert J. Blanchard

32 Aggressive, Defensive, and Submissive Behavior

Klaus A. Miczek, and Sietse F. de Boer

33 Defensive Burying

Dallas Treit, and John J. P. Pinel

34 Social Learning

Bennett G. Galef, JR.

35 Vocalization

Greta Sokoloff, and Mark S. Blumberg

VII Cognition

36 Object Recognition

Dave G. Mumby

37 Piloting

Etienne Save, and Bruno Poucet

38 Dead Reckoning

Douglas G. Wallace, and Ian Q. Whishaw

39 Fear

Matthew R. Tinsley, and Michael S. Fanselow

40 Cognitive Processes

Robert J. Sutherland

41 Incentive Behavior

Bernard W. Balleine

VIII Models and Tests

43 Psychiatric Models

Henry Szechtman, and David Eilam

44 Neuropsychological Tests

Gerlinde A. Metz, Bryan Kolb, and Ian Q. Whishaw

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