Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
In the present study, 12 male rats were tested to create a model of animal bereavement: the rats were separated, simulating their housing mates' deaths, and then tested for depression. Depression was determined using the forced swim test, and by monitoring daily weight and food consumption. Data for all factors were collected before separation, during separation, and after reunion. The results of the forced swim test showed that the rats spent significantly more time immobile, a sign of depression, when they were separated. Food intake and weight, however, did not appear to be a factor of the separation. The results of this study provide evidential need for further studies in the field of animal cognition and emotion.
BF1 .M63 v. 15 no. 2 2010
Dutton, Lindsay Kalin
"A model of animal bereavement with pair-housed male rats using the forced swim test model of depression,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 15
, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol15/iss2/6