Defensive Aggregation (Huddling) in Rattus Norvegicus toward Predator Odor: Individual Differences, Social Buffering Effects and Neural Correlates

@inproceedings{Bowen2013DefensiveA,
  title={Defensive Aggregation (Huddling) in Rattus Norvegicus toward Predator Odor: Individual Differences, Social Buffering Effects and Neural Correlates},
  author={Michael T. Bowen and Richard C Kevin and Matthew May and L. Staples and Glenn E. Hunt and Iain S McGregor},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2013}
}
Aggregation is a defensive strategy employed by many prey species in response to predatory threat. Our group has characterized defensive aggregation (huddling) in Rattus norvegicus in response to a ball of cat fur. In this situation some rats huddle less, and approach the threatening cue more than others (active vs. passive responders). The present study explored whether active responding is a stable phenotype associated with behaviors outside direct predatory encounters. The neural substrates… CONTINUE READING
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