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Environmental Therapy in Hypothyroid and Other Disadvantaged Animal Populations

  • John W. Davenport
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI)

Abstract

Bluntly stated, our ultimate concern in this chapter is whether mental deficiency can be alleviated by environmental Stimulation. But since we will restrict our attention to subhuman studies bearing on this question, let us change the language at once from “mental deficiency” to “behavioral deficits,” and let the implications of these studies for the understanding and treatment of human behavioral dysfunctions emerge under their own power. Our focus will be on the question of whether the environmental stimulation conditions which have produced many kinds of brain changes in rodent studies (e.g., Rosensweig et al 1972; Greenough 1975) also result in improved behavioral capacities, particularly those reflected by performance in learning situations. We will examine this question in normal animals of both rodent and primate species, but our major concern will be with animal populations which are disadvantaged in their neural development and adult learning capacities by hormonal abnormalities, undernutrition, genetic factors, or other detrimental conditions in early life.

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Passive Avoidance Error Score Environmental Stimulation Maze Learning Maze Problem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John W. Davenport
    • 1
  1. 1.Regional Primate Research CenterUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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