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Zh Vyssh Nerv Deiat Im I P Pavlova. 2007 Jul-Aug;57(4):501-7.

[High predisposition to catalepsy decreases intermale aggression and increases acoustic startle reflex amplitude].

[Article in Russian]


Reaction of freezing (a pronounced motor inhibition, catalepsy) is suggested to be associated with fear in response to predator appearance or attack of aggressive congener. In order to evaluate association between a kind of behavior such as freezing, aggressiveness and fear, the effects of high predisposition to catalepsy on intermale aggression, acoustic startle response and anxiety-related behavior in the light/dark test were studied. Mice of 14th and 15th generations of selective breeding for high predisposition to catalepsy were characterized by a significant decrease in aggressive behavior. The marked decrease in the percentage of aggressive mice in the catalepsy-prone strain is consistent with the notion that aggression and catalepsy represent two alternative kinds of behavior in intermale conflicts. A positive correlation was found between high predisposition to catalepsy and startle reflex amplitude (but not anxiety-related behavior).

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