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Rats were handled for the first 20 days of life or were not disturbed. Between 21 and 50 days approximately half of each group was reared in enriched environments while the remainder was group reared in laboratory cages. When adult, four males from each litter received a right neocortical ablation, a left ablation, a sham operation, or no surgery. They were(More)
The hypothesis tested was that the effects of early experiences are asymmetrically distributed in the two brain hemispheres. Litters were either handled or not handled between birth and weaning, and the weanlings were reared in either laboratory cages or enriched environments between 21 and 50 days. When approximately 135 days old, animals within each of(More)
Rats were handled daily for 3 min between birth and weaning, or were nonhandled controls. When adult, 4 males from each litter received a right neocortical ablation, a left ablation, a sham operation, or no surgery. A month later all animals were tested in the open field for 4 days, and their initial direction of movement from the starting square (whether(More)
Female rat pups were either left undisturbed in infancy and raised in lab cages or were handled in infancy and raised in enriched environments. In adulthood, animals underwent brain surgery consisting of: 1) a right neocortical ablation, 2) a left neocortical ablation, 3) a sham operation, or 4) no surgery. After recovering, they were tested for the initial(More)
Rats were handled for the first 20 days of life or were not disturbed. When adults, they were trained to approach and drink from a bottle containing sweetened milk and were then given an injection of lithium chloride to induce a taste aversion conditioned emotional response. Others were injected with physiological saline. Rats within each of the treatment(More)
Experimental rabbits were stimulated in infancy by being handled, while controls were undisturbed. After reaching adulthood, the animals were tested for activity in an open field with: (i) the right eye occluded; (ii) the left eye occluded; and (iii) neither eye occluded. For rabbits not stimulated in infancy, the correlation between activity scores for the(More)
A portable data-acquisition system suitable for long-term noninvasive monitoring of physiologic and behavioral variables in preterm infants is described. The system includes two video cameras, a video screen-splitter and amplifier, a time-lapse video recorder, a microphone, a force-responsive transducer, an analog signal conditioner, and two microcomputers.(More)
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