Play in Rats: Association across Contexts and Types , and Analysis of Structure.

@inproceedings{Melotti2014PlayIR,
  title={Play in Rats: Association across Contexts and Types , and Analysis of Structure.},
  author={Luca Melotti and Jeremy D Bailoo and Eimear Mary Murphy and Oliver H P Burman and Hanno W{\"u}rbel},
  year={2014}
}
Play has been proposed as a promising indicator of positive animal welfare. We aimed to study play in rats across contexts (conspecific/heterospecific) and types (social: pinning, being pinned; solitary: scampering), and we investigated its structure using behavioral sequence analysis. Group-housed (three per cage) adolescent male Lister Hooded rats (n = 21) were subjected to a Play-In-Pairs test: after a 3 hour isolation period, a pair of cage-mates was returned to the home cage and both… CONTINUE READING

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