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Zh Vyssh Nerv Deiat Im I P Pavlova. 1997 Jan-Feb;47(1):86-97.

[The effect of the repeated experience of aggression in daily confrontations on the individual and social behavior of male mice].

[Article in Russian]


The influence of repeated experience of aggression in daily intermale confrontations on individual and social behaviour was studied in male mice of C57BL/6J (C57) and CBA/Lac (CBA) strains. Repeated experience of aggression led to a decrease of emotionality in males of highly emotional CBA strain and increase in exploratory activity in the open field and exploratory activity tests, decrease of immobility time in Porsolt's test and pain sensitivity estimated by the "hot plate" test. Low emotional C57 males did not change their individual behaviour in different situations under the influence of repeated experience of aggression. However, aggressive C57 mice demonstrated anxiety-like behaviour estimated in the plus-maze test. In the partition test aggressive mice of both strains showed an increase in communicative level (as a reaction to a familiar male) in comparison with their behaviour before aggressive confrontations. Behavioural reaction to a receptive female under unfamiliar conditions decreased which testified to a decrease in sexual motivation. It is concluded that formation of the aggressive type of social behaviour is accompanied by changes in the individual and social behaviour of male mice. Characteristics of these changes are genetically determined and depend on the duration of confrontations.

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