Transmission of stress between cagemates: A study in rats

Akyazi I. , Eraslan E.

PHYSIOLOGY & BEHAVIOR, cilt.123, ss.114-118, 2014 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 123
  • Basım Tarihi: 2014
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2013.10.006
  • Sayfa Sayısı: ss.114-118


The neuroendocrine responses triggered by stressors cause significant behavioral changes in animals. Considering the continuous behavioral interaction between social animals, it would be reasonable to suggest that the aforementioned behavioral changes can lead to transmission of stress between individuals. In the present study the aim is to investigate the outcomes of the behavioral interaction between stressed and unstressed animals housed together. A total of 28 adult male Wistar rats were used in the study. The animals were randomly allocated to four groups. Two of the groups were exposed to white noise stress in a period of 15 days, while the other two groups remained unstressed. One of the stress exposed groups served as the stress control (SC) group and one of the non-stressed groups served as the reference value (RV) group. The remaining two groups were transmission groups. Every two animals of the non-stressed transmission group (TC) have been housed with two other animals of the stress exposed transmission group (TS) during the experimental period. After the stress exposure period, six animals from each group were subjected to behavioral assessment in an elevated plus maze (EPM), and subsequently, their cortisol levels were determined.