The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat: A Handbook with Tests

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More is known about the behavior, anatomy, and molecular biology of the laboratory rat than any other animal species. Although its natural history and psychological functions have been described previously in books, this is the first comprehensive description of its behavior. Both seasoned and beginning investigators will be amazed at the range and complexity of the species as described in the 43 chapters of this volume. The behavioral descriptions are closely tied to the laboratory methods from which they were derived, thus allowing investigators to correlate the behavior and methods and exploit them in their own research. This book is aimed at investigators in neuroscience who may not be familiar with rat behavior, but who wish to incorporate behavioral studies into their own research. Nevertheless, seasoned investigators will also find the book to be a handy reference for behavioral paradigms with which they may not be familiar. It is expected that as the genetic and molecular understanding of the rat develops, there will be an increasing need for knowledge about rat behavior. This book will serve as an indispensable resource for neuroscientists, psychologists, pharmacologists, geneticists, molecular biologists, zoologists, and their students and trainees.

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". . . the bible for rat researchers . . ." —The Globe and Mail

". . . an extraordinarily diverse array of information is presented . . .This is a first-rate reference book, and neuroscience laboratories would be well-advised to have a copy." —John P. Aggleton in Nature Neuroscience

". . . an immense gift to the field." —A.G. Phillips, University of British Columbia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195162851
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/2/2004
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Natural History
1. Evolution, Andrew N. Iwaniuk
2. Ecology, Anthony Barnett
3. Strains, Lauren Gerard Koch and Steven L. Britton
4. Individual Differences, Guy Mittleman
Part II. Sensory Systems
5. Vision, Glen T. Prusky and Robert M. Douglas
6. Somatosensation, Linda Herner-Vazquez, Raymond Herner-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
Part III. Motor Systems
11. Posture, Sergio M Pellis and Vivien C. Pellis
12. Orienting and Planning, Tim Schallert and Martin T. Woodlee
13. Grooming, J. Wayne Aldridge
14. Locomotor and Exploratory Behavior, Gillian Muir
15. Prehension, Ian Q. Whishaw
16. Exploration, Ilan Golani, Anna Dvorkan, Dina Lipkind and Neri Kafkafi
17. Circadian Rhythms, Michael C. Antle and Ralph E. Mistleberger
Part IV. Regulatory Systems
18. Eating, Peter G. Clifton
19. Drinking, Neil E. Rowland
20. Foraging, Ian Q. Whishaw
21. Thermoregulation, Evelyn Satinoff
22. Stress, J.M. Koolhaas, S.F. DeBoer, and B. Buwalda
23. Immune System
Part V. Development
24. Prenatal Behavior, Scott R. Robinson and Michele R. Brumley
25. Infancy, Jeffrey 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
Part VI. Social Behavior
31. Antipredator Defense, D. Caroline Blanchard and Robert 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
Part VII. Cognition
36. Object Recognition, Dave G. Mumby
37. Piloting, Etienne Save and Bruno Poucet
38. Dead Reckoning, Douglas G. Wallas and Ian Q. Whishaw
39. Fear, M.R. Tinsley and M.S. Fanselow
40. Cognitive Processes, Robert J. Sutherland
41. Incentive Behavior, Bernard W. Balleine
Part VIII. Models and Tests
42. Neurological Models, Bryan Kolb
43. Psychiatric Models, Henry Szechman and David Eilam
44. Neuropsychological Tests, Gerlinde A. Metz, Bryan Kolb, and Ian Q. Whishaw

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