Handling rabbits in infancy: in search of a critical period.


In Experiment 1 rabbits were handled for the first 10 days of life while controls were not disturbed. In Experiment 2 rabbits were handled on Days 11-20. In Experiment 3 rabbits were handled on Days 1-10, 11-20, 1-20, or were not handled. Starting at 31 days the animals were given an open-field test, a test for exploratory behavior toward novel stimuli, and… (More)


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