The Student Surgeon : A Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Laboratory Exercise in Rats

Meg E Kirkpatrick


This article describes a two-part laboratory module taught at Wheaton College and provides resources to allow instructors to recreate this module at their own institutions. This module introduces students to basic surgical techniques and allows for in-depth discussion of 1) effects of hormones on behavior, 2) ethics of animal use in research, 3) psychopharmacology, 4) experimental design and 5) empirical data collection. students with the opportunity to replicate a This exercise provides classic behavioral neuroendocrinology study while developing critical thinking, experimental design and empirical data collection skills.

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