Physiological and behavioral measures were assessed in rats that had been previously exposed to unsignaled inescapable intense shock (preshock). Animals subjected to such prior aversive stimulation exhibited greater adrenocortical steroid response compared to nonpreshocked controls when subsequently tested in the open field. An increment in defecation was also observed, with ambulation and rearing behavior being markedly inhibited in the preshocked rat during these sessions.
- Open field
- Plasma corticosterone
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
- Behavioral Neuroscience