Behavior Genetics

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 421–427 | Cite as

Correlated response in selection for aggressiveness in female mice. I. Male aggresiveness

  • Janet S. Hyde
  • Patricia D. Ebert


Males from the fifth selected generation of a selection program for aggressiveness in femaleMus musculus (Ebert and Hyde, 1976) were tested to determine whether male aggressiveness showed a correlated response in selection for female aggressiveness. The results indicated that male aggression had not shown a correlated response. Differences among males from the high, control, and low lines were not statistically significant in one replication and were significant but not in the predicted order in the other replication. There were marginally significant line x sex interactions. The rank correlation between male and female aggression scores was 0.20, which was not significant. The results suggest that male aggressiveness and female aggressiveness are under separate genetic control. Data for generation S5 females are also reported; differences among the high, control, and low lines continue to be significant.

Key Words

aggression artificial selection correlated character genetics 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. DeFries, J. C., and Hegmann, J. P. (1970). Genetic analysis of open-field behavior. In Lindzey, G., and Thiessen, D. D. (eds.),Contributions to Behavior-Genetic Analysis: The Mouse as a Prototype, Appleton-Century-Crofts, New York.Google Scholar
  2. Ebert, P. D., and Hyde, J. S. (1976). Selection for agonistic behavior in wild femaleMus musculus.Behav. Genet. 6:291–304.Google Scholar
  3. Falconer, D. S. (1960).Introduction to Quantitative Genetics, Ronald Press, New York.Google Scholar
  4. Lagerspetz, K. (1964). Studies on the aggressive behavior of mice.Ann. Acad. Sci. Fenn. (B) 131:1–131.Google Scholar
  5. Lagerspetz, K. M. J., and Lagerspetz, K. Y. H. (1971). Changes in the aggressiveness of mice resulting from selective breeding, learning and social isolation.Scand. J. Psychol. 12:241–248.Google Scholar
  6. Scott, J. P. (1942). Genetic differences in the social behavior of inbred strains of mice.J. Hered. 33:11–15.Google Scholar
  7. St. John, R. D., and Corning, P. A. (1973). Maternal aggression in mice.Behav. Biol. 9: 635–639.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Janet S. Hyde
    • 1
  • Patricia D. Ebert
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBowling Green State UniversityBowling Green
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyWinthrop CollegeRock Hill

Personalised recommendations