Some Behavioral and Physiological Measures on Food Deprived and Non-Deprived Gerbils (Meriones Unguiculatus) With Particular Reference to Food Deprivation Polydipsia
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Disease, Research, Gerbils, Physiological research, Behavioral research
Introduction: In the past few years, the Mongolian Gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus) has become an increasingly common experimental subject in the biological sciences. Several factors have contributed to the recent interest in this species. About five years ago, Tumblebrook Farms (Brandt Lake, New York) inbred a strain of gerbils, initially for the study of certain diseases to which the gerbil is susceptible (Schwenkter, 1963). However, the ease with which gerbils can be handled and maintained has made them the attractive species for many types of experimental investigations. In addition, there has been some recent emphasis on the importance of species as a variable in psychological and behavioral research (Lockard, 1968). The work of many ethologists and comparative psychologists has amply demonstrated the dangers of studying a single species when one wishes to generalize the results to all animals (Beach, 1950; Lockard, 1968). ...
Stillman, Robert David, "Some Behavioral and Physiological Measures on Food Deprived and Non-Deprived Gerbils (Meriones Unguiculatus) With Particular Reference to Food Deprivation Polydipsia" (1969). Psychology - Dissertations. Paper 148.