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Zh Vyssh Nerv Deiat Im I P Pavlova. 2006 Nov-Dec;56(6):775-81.

[Manifestation of active and passive defensive behavior in juvenile rats].

[Article in Russian]

Abstract

The dynamics of freezing and flight reactions in juvenile rats was investigated. The rats were tested on the 20th, 25th, 35th, and 40th postnatal days. A sound of 6-sec duration (bell) was used as a threatening stimulus. The following parameters were recorded: number of rearing reactions and defecations within 5 min prior to stimulation, reactions to the bell, latent periods and durations of freezing reactions, freezing posture rigidity, and time of recovery of movements after freezing. It was shown that the intensity of freezing reduced in the period from the 20th to 35th postnatal day. The flight reactions were highest on the 25th and 40th days. Correlations between freezing indices and numbers of rearing and defecation reactions were different in rats of all age groups. The results suggest that the structure of defensive behavior changes with maturation of principal defensive reactions in rats within the first 40 postnatal days.

PMID:
17285772
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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