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A Complex Diving-For-Food Task to Investigate Social Organization and Interactions in Rats
 

A Complex Diving-For-Food Task to Investigate Social Organization and Interactions in Rats

Article DOI: 10.3791/61763
May 8th, 2021

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Summary May 8th, 2021

This protocol describes a method of examining social hierarchy in a rat model. Rats perform a complex diving-for-food task in which they form a distinct hierarchy according to their willingness to dive underwater and swim to obtain a food pellet. This method is used to understand decision making and social relationships among highly social animals in small groups.

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