Social stress, autonomic neural activation, and cardiac activity in rats.

  title={Social stress, autonomic neural activation, and cardiac activity in rats.},
  author={Andrea Sgoifo and Jaap M. Koolhaas and Sietse F. de Boer and Ezio Musso and Donatella Stilli and Bauke Bouman Buwalda and Peter Meerlo},
  journal={Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews},
  volume={23 7},
Animal models of social stress represent a useful experimental tool to investigate the relationship between psychological stress, autonomic neural activity and cardiovascular disease. This paper summarizes the results obtained in a series of experiments performed on rats and aimed at verifying whether social challenges produce specific modifications in the autonomic neural control of heart rate and whether these changes can be detrimental for cardiac electrical stability. Short-term… CONTINUE READING

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