Environmental effects on the ontogeny of exploratory and escape behaviors of Mongolian gerbils.


Journal Article

Mongolian gerbils reared in standard laboratory cages and gerbils reared in cages containing a burrowlike shelter did not differ in their rate of development of escape responses to sudden visual stimulation. The presence of shelter in the rearing environment did, however, markedly slow the development of adult-like patterns of exploration. Reduced exposure to illumination, experienced by shelter-reared subjects, proved responsible for this retardation of development. The effect of shelter-rearing on the development of exploratory behavior is interpreted as demonstrating an environmentally induced maintenance of an adaptive juvenile pattern of behavior.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Clark, MM; Galet, BG

Published Date

  • March 1, 1982

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 121 - 129

PubMed ID

  • 7095280

Pubmed Central ID

  • 7095280

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-2302

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0012-1630

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/dev.420150205


  • eng