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Articles by Megan R. LaFollette in JoVE
Tickling, a Technique for Inducing Positive Affect When Handling Rats Sylvie Cloutier1,2, Megan R. LaFollette3, Brianna N. Gaskill3, Jaak Panksepp1, Ruth C. Newberry4 1Center for the Study of Animal Well-being, Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, Washington State University, 2Canadian Council on Animal Care, 3Department of Animal Sciences, Center for Animal Welfare Science, College of Agriculture, Purdue University, 4Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences, Faculty of Biosciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences This article demonstrates the standardized application of playful handling, a tickling technique designed to mimic rat rough-and-tumble play. This technique is effective at reducing fearful reactions to humans and generating positive affect when rats are handled for common husbandry activities and medical and research procedures such as injection.
Other articles by Megan R. LaFollette on PubMed
Rat Tickling: A Systematic Review of Applications, Outcomes, and Moderators PloS One. 2017 | Pubmed ID: 28384364 Rats initially fear humans which can increase stress and impact study results. Additionally, studying positive affective states in rats has proved challenging. Rat tickling is a promising habituation technique that can also be used to model and measure positive affect. However, current studies use a variety of methods to achieve differential results. Our objective was to systematically identify, summarize, and evaluate the research on tickling in rats to provide direction for future investigation. Our specific aims were to summarize current methods used in tickling experiments, outcomes from tickling, and moderating factors.