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Charles J. Amlaner

Anti-predator behavior

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Predator-Induced Plasticity In Sleep Architecture In Wild-Caught Norway Rats (Rattus Norvegicus), John Lesku, Rebekah Bark, Dolores Martinez-Gonzalez, Niels Rattenborg, Charles Amlaner, Steven Lima Jun 2008

Predator-Induced Plasticity In Sleep Architecture In Wild-Caught Norway Rats (Rattus Norvegicus), John Lesku, Rebekah Bark, Dolores Martinez-Gonzalez, Niels Rattenborg, Charles Amlaner, Steven Lima

Charles J. Amlaner

Sleep is a prominent behaviour in the lives of animals, but the unresponsiveness that characterizes sleep makes it dangerous. Mammalian sleep is composed of two neurophysiological states: slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep. Given that the intensity of stimuli required to induce an arousal to wakefulness is highest during deep SWS or REM sleep, mammals may be most vulnerable during these states. If true, then animals should selectively reduce deep SWS and REM sleep following an increase in the risk of predation. To test this prediction, we simulated a predatory encounter with 10 wild-caught Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus ...