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Differential outcomes of unilateral interferences at birth.
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PMID:  21084335     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Behavioural modifications, including modifications of emotional reactivity, can occur following early experience such as handling (manual rubbing). Here, we investigated the effects of unilateral tactile stimulation at an early stage on emotional reactions later on. We handled newborn foals intensively on one side of their body. This early unilateral tactile experience had medium-term effects: the reactions of foals to a human approach, when they were 10 days old, differed according to the side stimulated at birth. Fewer right-handled foals accepted contact with humans, they delayed first contact longer and they evaded approaching humans sooner than did non-handled and left-handled foals. These results raise questions concerning the organization of neonatal care in animals and humans.
Alice de Boyer des Roches; Virginie Durier; Marie-Annick Richard-Yris; Catherine Blois-Heulin; Mohammed Ezzaouïa; Martine Hausberger; Severine Henry
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-11-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biology letters     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1744-957X     ISO Abbreviation:  Biol. Lett.     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-14     Completed Date:  2011-06-29     Revised Date:  2013-07-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101247722     Medline TA:  Biol Lett     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  177-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
UMR 6552 Ethologie Animale et Humaine, CNRS-Université de Rennes 1, Campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France.
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MeSH Terms
Animals, Newborn
Handling (Psychology)*
Horses / physiology,  psychology*
Physical Stimulation*
Time Factors

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