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Asking animals an introduction to animal behaviour testing.

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This book will give an introduction to the use (and perhaps misuse) of behaviour tests applied to animals. Through illustrative examples from a variety of species, the aim is to inspire the animal experimenter to think about what a given behavioural test can be used for and how the results can be interpreted. It is not meant as a dictionary or list of tests from which a researcher can choose, but ...

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Chapter 10 (Page no: 124)

Genetic components of behaviour.

The genetic component of behaviour makes it possible to select for behavioural traits, such as maternal ability in mice, and against others, like aggression in dogs. In order to carry out behavioural selection without unwanted side-effects, we need to know more about the links between various traits. Unless we have an estimate of the genetic correlations among wanted and unwanted behavioural characteristics, we cannot ensure that the individuals used for breeding are selected in an optimal way. One way to elucidate some of these heritable links is via behavioural tests. Among the genetic components discussed in this chapter are lines, epigenetics, genetics and environment interaction, strains, and breed differences.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Five things this book is not. Author(s):
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 7) Non-test observations. Author(s): Nielsen, B. L.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 19) How to choose a test. Author(s): Nielsen, B. L.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 29) Tests to characterize the animal. Author(s): Nielsen, B. L.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 50) Choice, preference and motivation. Author(s): Nielsen, B. L.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 65) Ability to detect and distinguish. Author(s): Nielsen, B. L.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 78) Effects of age and treatment. Author(s): Nielsen, B. L.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 93) Reinforcement and punishment. Author(s): Nielsen, B. L.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 107) Learning capacity, memory and cognitive ability. Author(s): Nielsen, B. L.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 137) Other test considerations. Author(s): Nielsen, B. L.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 154) Legislation, guidelines and ethical considerations. Author(s): Nielsen, B. L.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 166) Future methodologies and technological advances. Author(s): Nielsen, B. L.