Genetic selection for avoidance behavior in the rat

F. R. Brush, J. C. Froehlich, P. C. Sakellaris

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Long-Evans rats were selectively bred for over 20 generations using two behavioral criteria: (1) limited responding to the warning signal during ten pretest trials and (2) either good or poor avoidance behavior during 60 avoidance training trials in a two-way shuttlebox. The results suggest that avoidance behavior in the rat is a heritable characteristic that may be selected independently of activity level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-316
Number of pages8
JournalBehavior Genetics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 1979
Externally publishedYes


  • avoidance learning
  • rats
  • selective breeding
  • shuttlebox

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)

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