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The Actualization of Appetitive Eating Behaviour in Relation To the Grooming System in Rats, Rattus Norvegicus Albinus

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The hypothesis that the appetitive behaviour of the eating system could inhibit the grooming system, was confirmed. Food-deprived rats searching for food in a box with food hidden in the sawdust, thus showing an actualization of the eating system, showed less grooming behaviour than food-deprived rats in a box without food. When the experimenter soakened the rat's fur by immersing it, the grooming system was activated. Rats searching for more dispersed food displayed an equal level of grooming than rats searching for less dispersed food. The intensively searching rats ate the food more quickly than the less intensively searching rats did. Frustration did not heighten the grooming behaviour.

Affiliations: 1: Psychological Laboratory, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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