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The Behavior of the Laboratory RatA Handbook with Tests$
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Ian Q. Whishaw and Bryan Kolb

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162851

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.001.0001

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Play and Fighting

Play and Fighting

Chapter:
(p.298) 28 Play and Fighting
Source:
The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat
Author(s):

Sergio M. Pellis

Vivien C. Pellis

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.003.0028

This chapter examines play and fighting behavior in rats. It begins with a discussion of serious fighting of adults, which is then contrasted with the playful fighting of juveniles. It shows that serious and playful fighting are distinct behaviors in rats, with play derived from sex, not aggression. Rats have modified the sexual content of play fighting and have co-opted its use in adulthood for quasi-aggressive purposes.

Keywords:   laboratory rats, playing, playful fighting, juvenile rats, aggression

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