Factors influencing behavior of group-housed male rats in the social interaction test: focus on cohort removal.

@article{Kask2001FactorsIB,
  title={Factors influencing behavior of group-housed male rats in the social interaction test: focus on cohort removal.},
  author={Ants Kask and Huu Phuc Nguyen and Reinhard Pabst and Stephan von H{\"o}rsten},
  journal={Physiology & behavior},
  year={2001},
  volume={74 3},
  pages={277-82}
}
The rat social interaction (SI) test is used widely to measure anxiety-like behavior, yet the influence of various factors such as testing time, pre-experimental manipulations (transport stress), and testing of animals from the same cage (cohort removal, CR) on SI has not been systematically studied. We measured SI behavior of male triad-housed Wistar rats in a novel dimly lit arena (low light unfamiliar, LU) and found that SI time is higher in the beginning of the activity (dark) phase when… CONTINUE READING

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