Depression as an alternative to stereotyping

8 12 2015

Long suspected this but nice data from Carole finally show it: while both stereotypic behaviour and depression-like effects (anhedonia, forced swim float times) increase in barren housing conditions, they are alternative responses: thus highly stereotypic mice have shorter float times, while non-stereotypic mice have longer ones (and instead of stereotyping, they spend their time in a strange form of waking inactivity, in which they stand still, eyes open, but doing nothing).

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