The Hamster pp 121-154 | Cite as


  • Robert E. Johnston


In this chapter, I concentrate on the analysis of specific signals and their behavioral functions. More integrative treatments concerning sexual and aggressive behavior and their endocrine mechanisms can be found in other chapters of this volume. Section 2, on postures used during social interactions, should be useful for anyone beginning behavioral studies of hamsters. In Sections 3, 4, and 5 I have summarized and evaluated the more extensive literature on auditory and chemical communication.


Estrous Cycle Golden Hamster Dimethyl Disulfide Harderian Gland Vaginal Secretion 
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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