The anxiety/defense test battery: influence of gender and ritanserin treatment on antipredator defensive behavior.

@article{Shepherd1992TheAT,
  title={The anxiety/defense test battery: influence of gender and ritanserin treatment on antipredator defensive behavior.},
  author={Jon K. Shepherd and T Galicia Flores and R John Rodgers and Robert J. Blanchard and D. Caroline Blanchard},
  journal={Physiology & behavior},
  year={1992},
  volume={51 2},
  pages={277-85}
}
The anxiety/defense test battery has been developed to measure defensive reactions in laboratory rats to both direct exposure to, and stimuli associated with, a natural predator, the domestic cat. The present investigation confirmed earlier findings with each test providing a distinct behavioral profile following exposure to predator stimuli. In addition, the data showed a consistent gender difference in a number of these behavioral measures, indicating that females are more defensive than… CONTINUE READING

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