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Charles J. Amlaner

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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 ...


A Phylogenetic Analysis Of The Correlates Of Sleep In Birds, Timothy Roth, John Lesku, Charles Amlaner, Steven Lima Nov 2006

A Phylogenetic Analysis Of The Correlates Of Sleep In Birds, Timothy Roth, John Lesku, Charles Amlaner, Steven Lima

Charles J. Amlaner

Quantitative comparative studies of sleep have focused exclusively on mammals. Such studies have repeatedly found strong relationships between the time spent in various sleep states and constitutive variables related to morphology, physiology, and life history. These studies influenced the development of several prominent hypotheses for the functions of sleep, but the applicability of these patterns and hypotheses to non-mammalian taxa is unclear. Here, we present the first quantitative analysis of sleep in a non-mammalian taxon (birds), focusing on the daily amount of time spent in slow-wave sleep (SWS) and rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep as determined by electrophysiological methods. We examined ...


Asynchronous Eye Closure As An Anti-Predator Behavior In The Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus Occidentalis), Christian Mathews, John Lesku, Stephen Lima, Charles Amlaner Feb 2006

Asynchronous Eye Closure As An Anti-Predator Behavior In The Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus Occidentalis), Christian Mathews, John Lesku, Stephen Lima, Charles Amlaner

Charles J. Amlaner

Asynchronous eye closure (ASEC), one eye open while the other is closed, is a behavior observed in birds, some aquatic mammals, and reptiles. In birds and aquatic mammals, ASEC is associated with unihemispheric sleep wherein the cerebral hemisphere contralateral to (i.e. neurologically connected to) the closed eye sleeps while the other cerebral hemisphere remains awake with its associated eye open and functional. Evidence from birds suggests that ASEC is an important anti-predator adaptation to mediate the trade-off between the need to remain vigilant and the need to sleep. However, the anti-predator correlates of ASEC remain largely unstudied in other ...