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The effect of different working definitions on behavioral research involving stereotypies in Mongolian gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus)

Christel Moons UGent, Sofie Breugelmans UGent, Nele Cassiman, Isabelle Kalmar UGent, Kathelijne Peremans UGent, Katleen Hermans UGent and Frank Odberg UGent (2012) JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR LABORATORY ANIMAL SCIENCE. 51(2). p.170-176
abstract
Many sources of variation in animal experiments are related to characteristics of the animal or its husbandry conditions. In ethologic studies, observational methods can also affect interexperimental variation. Different descriptions for a behavior can lead to divergent findings that may be incorrectly attributed to other factors if not recognized as stemming from a classification dissonance. Here we discuss 2 observational studies in Mongolian gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus). The first study describes how data vary when 2 different working definitions are used for stereotypic digging: WDmor, a definition based on a morphologic description of the behavior, and WD12, a definition that relies mainly on a duration criterion of digging bouts (greater than 12 s). The total duration and number of stereotypic bouts were 22.0% and 63.1% lower, respectively, when WD12 was applied compared with WDmor. However, strong correlations existed between data generated by WDmor and WD12, indicating that the 2 definitions yielded qualitatively similar results. The second study provides the first report that laboratory gerbils develop stereotypic behavior that is characterized by alternating bouts of digging and bar-gnawing. Of the 1685 stereotypy bouts investigated, 9.1% comprised both stereotypies, 87.6% consisted of digging only, and 3.3% consisted of bar gnawing only. Working definitions that neglect combined stereotypies can result in considerable underestimation of stereotypic behavior in Mongolian gerbils.
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LABORATORY MICE, HAMSTERS MESOCRICETUS-AURATUS, CAGE SIZE, ONTOGENIC DEVELOPMENT, EXPERIMENTAL-ANIMALS, DIFFERENT STRESSORS, PARENTAL BEHAVIOR, SOCIAL-BEHAVIOR, C57BL/6 MICE, MUS-MUSCULUS
journal title
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR LABORATORY ANIMAL SCIENCE
J. Amer. Assoc. Lab. Anim. Sci.
volume
51
issue
2
pages
170 - 176
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Article
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000306772200005
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VETERINARY SCIENCES
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1.145 (2012)
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56/142 (2012)
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2 (2012)
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1559-6109
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English
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2108311
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2108311
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2012-05-16 10:17:54
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2012-09-11 14:53:20
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  abstract     = {Many sources of variation in animal experiments are related to characteristics of the animal or its husbandry conditions. In ethologic studies, observational methods can also affect interexperimental variation. Different descriptions for a behavior can lead to divergent findings that may be incorrectly attributed to other factors if not recognized as stemming from a classification dissonance. Here we discuss 2 observational studies in Mongolian gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus). The first study describes how data vary when 2 different working definitions are used for stereotypic digging: WDmor, a definition based on a morphologic description of the behavior, and WD12, a definition that relies mainly on a duration criterion of digging bouts (greater than 12 s). The total duration and number of stereotypic bouts were 22.0\% and 63.1\% lower, respectively, when WD12 was applied compared with WDmor. However, strong correlations existed between data generated by WDmor and WD12, indicating that the 2 definitions yielded qualitatively similar results. The second study provides the first report that laboratory gerbils develop stereotypic behavior that is characterized by alternating bouts of digging and bar-gnawing. Of the 1685 stereotypy bouts investigated, 9.1\% comprised both stereotypies, 87.6\% consisted of digging only, and 3.3\% consisted of bar gnawing only. Working definitions that neglect combined stereotypies can result in considerable underestimation of stereotypic behavior in Mongolian gerbils.},
  author       = {Moons, Christel and Breugelmans, Sofie and Cassiman, Nele and Kalmar, Isabelle and Peremans, Kathelijne and Hermans, Katleen and Odberg, Frank},
  issn         = {1559-6109},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR LABORATORY ANIMAL SCIENCE},
  keyword      = {LABORATORY MICE,HAMSTERS MESOCRICETUS-AURATUS,CAGE SIZE,ONTOGENIC DEVELOPMENT,EXPERIMENTAL-ANIMALS,DIFFERENT STRESSORS,PARENTAL BEHAVIOR,SOCIAL-BEHAVIOR,C57BL/6 MICE,MUS-MUSCULUS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {170--176},
  title        = {The effect of different working definitions on behavioral research involving stereotypies in Mongolian gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus)},
  volume       = {51},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Moons, Christel, Sofie Breugelmans, Nele Cassiman, Isabelle Kalmar, Kathelijne Peremans, Katleen Hermans, and Frank Odberg. 2012. “The Effect of Different Working Definitions on Behavioral Research Involving Stereotypies in Mongolian Gerbils (Meriones Unguiculatus).” Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science 51 (2): 170–176.
APA
Moons, C., Breugelmans, S., Cassiman, N., Kalmar, I., Peremans, K., Hermans, K., & Odberg, F. (2012). The effect of different working definitions on behavioral research involving stereotypies in Mongolian gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus). JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR LABORATORY ANIMAL SCIENCE, 51(2), 170–176.
Vancouver
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Moons C, Breugelmans S, Cassiman N, Kalmar I, Peremans K, Hermans K, et al. The effect of different working definitions on behavioral research involving stereotypies in Mongolian gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus). JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR LABORATORY ANIMAL SCIENCE. 2012;51(2):170–6.
MLA
Moons, Christel, Sofie Breugelmans, Nele Cassiman, et al. “The Effect of Different Working Definitions on Behavioral Research Involving Stereotypies in Mongolian Gerbils (Meriones Unguiculatus).” JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR LABORATORY ANIMAL SCIENCE 51.2 (2012): 170–176. Print.