Accession Number:

AD0730416

Title:

The Goldthioglucose (GTG) Syndrome in Mice. An Example of the Use of the Ethological Approach in the Causal Analysis of Disturbed Behaviour,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GRONINGEN RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT (NETHERLANDS) ZOOLOGICAL LAB

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Report Date:

1969-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

Ethological analysis of behaviour results in classification of the elements of behaviour into relatively distinct, but interacting behaviour systems. The physiological mechanisms of one such system, mammalian feeding behaviour, are briefly discussed. This discussion exemplifies that to explain normally occurring fluctuations in tendency of an individual to perform a given behaviour, account must be taken of a changes in state of the machinery for that behaviour, and b changes in state of the mechanism of systems with which it interacts. The potentialities of this approach are illustrated by a discussion of behavioural abnormalities induced in male mice by injection of goldthioglucose GTG. Evidence is presented that the GTG-syndrome may be due to combined effects of injury to the mechanisms of several different behaviour systems feeding, aggression, flight, sexual behaviour. The relative stability of normal behaviour is probably due in large measure to combined action of within-system positive feedbacks and reciprocal inhibitory relations between behaviour systems. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE