The Effects of Maternal Relatedness on Social Approach towards Pain in Mice

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The Effects of Maternal Relatedness on Social Approach towards Pain in Mice

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Title: The Effects of Maternal Relatedness on Social Approach towards Pain in Mice
Author: Englander, Katie
Advisor: Sternberg, Wendy
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Psychology
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: Pain displays and the subsequent responses of observers in reaction to these behaviors are just starting to be researched in many species. However, the mechanisms and conditions regulating social approach towards another in pain are not well-studied. The current study evaluated social approach towards pups in pain in adult female mice (Mus musculus) with varying degrees of familiarity and relatedness to the pups. Social approach was measured by placing subjects in a forced-choice situation and determining how frequently subjects approached pups in pain vs. pups not in pain. Social approach varied across groups with no predictable relationship based on subject condition. Possible accounts for this behavior as well as implications are discussed.
Subject: Parental behavior in animals
Subject: Pain -- Psychological aspects
Subject: Mice -- Behavior
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/5408

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Englander, Katie. "The Effects of Maternal Relatedness on Social Approach towards Pain in Mice". 2010. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/5408.

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