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Stress and the power of play

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dc.contributor.advisor Pellis, Sergio
dc.contributor.author Arelis, Cheryl L.
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2007-07-12T20:10:56Z
dc.date.available 2007-07-12T20:10:56Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/342
dc.description vi, 70 leaves ; 29 cm. en
dc.description.abstract Stress is thought to be antithetical to play. However, this thesis shows that mild stress (e.g., social deprivation) enhances rough-and-tumble play, as opposed to other social behaviors, in adolescent rats. Social deprivation results in both higher levels of corticosterone (a stress hormone) and higher levels of play. When non-socially deprived rats were injected with ACTH (a precursor to corticosterone), the frequency of play was elevated to levels comparable to that seen when juveniles were socially deprived. Moreover, corticosterone was reduced by the opportunity to play, but not when given social contact (but no play) or solitary exercise (i.e. a running wheel). Therefore, this thesis provides evidence that play is not only enhanced by mild stress, but that it is used by animals to reduce stress. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Arts and Science, 2006 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en
dc.subject Play behavior in animals en
dc.subject Rats -- Behavior en
dc.subject Rats -- Effect of stress on en
dc.subject Stress (Psychology) en
dc.title Stress and the power of play en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en
dc.publisher.department Department of Neuroscience en

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