Genetic selection for avoidance behavior in the rat

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

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Abstract

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
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1979
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • avoidance learning
  • rats
  • selective breeding
  • shuttlebox

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Genetics

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Genetic selection for avoidance behavior in the rat. / Brush, F. R.; Froehlich, Janice; Sakellaris, P. C.

In: Behavior Genetics, Vol. 9, No. 4, 07.1979, p. 309-316.

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Brush, F. R. ; Froehlich, Janice ; Sakellaris, P. C. / Genetic selection for avoidance behavior in the rat. In: Behavior Genetics. 1979 ; Vol. 9, No. 4. pp. 309-316.
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