The study of aggressive behavior in hamsters has focused on five major areas and this chapter is organized accordingly. The first topic involves a description of the aggressive and submissive behaviors associated with intraspecific encounters. As will be seen, the effectiveness of a variety of experimental treatments is in part determined by which behaviors are chosen for measurement. The second section discusses the different testing conditions that have been used because these too represent potential sources of discrepancy among investigators. The third section analyzes the role of hormones, those administered exogenously and those secreted normally during the reproductive cycle. The effect of damage to central nervous system structures is the fourth topic and the final section includes peripheral influences (e.g., role of the flank glands, harderian glands, and so forth).
KeywordsAggressive Behavior Estrous Cycle Golden Hamster Septal Lesion Testosterone Propionate
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