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Wheel-running Preferences of Peromyscus


THE bases for the strong predilection of captive and domestic rodents for wheel-running are not fully understood. It is clear that wheel-running provides a relatively strenuous form of muscular exercise which is not otherwise available to confined animals. In addition, the acts of manipulation and control of the movements of an activity wheel may be rewarding to rodents, quite independently of exercise1. Rodents also find it rewarding to run motor-driven activity wheels which they start and stop by pressing levers1.

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    Kavanau, J. L., Behaviour, 20, 251 (1963).

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    Brant, D. H., and Kavanau, J. L., Nature, 204, 267 (1964). Ecology, 46, 452 (1965).

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    Kavanau, J. L. (unpublished).

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KAVANAU, J., BRANT, D. Wheel-running Preferences of Peromyscus. Nature 208, 597–598 (1965).

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