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Octodon degus. A Useful Animal Model for Social-Affective Neuroscience Research: Basic Description of Separation Distress, Social Attachments and Play.
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PMID:  21477615     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
COLONNELLO, V., P. IACOBUCCI, T. FUCHS, R.C. NEWBERRY and J. PANKSEPP. Octodon degus. A Useful Animal Model for Social-Affective Neuroscience Research: Basic Description of Separation Distress, Social AttachmentS and Play. NEUROSCI BIOBEHAV REV X (X) XXX-XXX, XXXX-A challenge for social-affective neuroscience programs is to identify simple and yet valid animal models for studying the expression of basic social emotions and their role during different developmental windows, from infancy to adulthood. For example, although laboratory rats are useful for studying juvenile social interactions, they are not ideal for studying infant attachment bonds. Here, we evaluate current understanding of the social behavior of Octodon degus, a diurnal precocial rodent, to elucidate the value of this species as a model for social neuroscience research. After a synopsis of species-specific characteristics and brain susceptibility to changes of social environment, our behavioral findings on degu social proclivities are summarized. We then discuss why this pre-clinical model provides a valuable addition to the commonly available animal models for the study of human psychopathology.
Valentina Colonnello; Paolo Iacobucci; Thomas Fuchs; Ruth C Newberry; Jaak Panksepp
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-4-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-7528     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
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Created Date:  2011-4-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7806090     Medline TA:  Neurosci Biobehav Rev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Center for the Study of Animal Well-being, Department of Veterinary & Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-6520; Department of Psychology, University of Rome "Sapienza," Rome, Italy 00185.
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