Conditioning and residual emotionality effects of predator stimuli: some reflections on stress and emotion.

@article{Blanchard2003ConditioningAR,
  title={Conditioning and residual emotionality effects of predator stimuli: some reflections on stress and emotion.},
  author={D. Caroline Blanchard and Guy Griebel and Robert J. Blanchard},
  journal={Progress in neuro-psychopharmacology & biological psychiatry},
  year={2003},
  volume={27 8},
  pages={1177-85}
}
The advantages of using predator-related odor stimuli to study emotional responses in laboratory tests depend on whether such stimuli do elicit a relatively complete pattern of emotionality. This has been confirmed for cat fur/skin odor stimuli, which elicit a range of defensive behaviors in rats that may be reduced by anxiolytic drugs, produce residual anxiety-like behavior in the elevated plus maze and support rapid aversive conditioning to the context in which they were encountered. Although… CONTINUE READING