Habituation and sensitization of plasma catecholamine responses to chronic intermittent stress: effects of stressor intensity.


Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed acutely (1 time for 30 minutes) or chronically (30 minutes per day for 27 days) to swim stress in water maintained at either 18 degrees C, 24 degrees C or 34 degrees C. Each rat was prepared with an indwelling tail artery catheter to allow for direct measures of mean arterial pressure (MAP, mmHg) and heart rate… (More)