The social environment of early ontogenesis and the formation of research behavior in adulthood



The influence of changes in the social environment in the nest from the 2nd to the 20th day of life on the manifestation of research behavior in adulthood has been studied. The study was performed on Wistar rats. To assess the motor activity used standard indicators of behavior in the “open field”. Analyzed the length of the path, the average speed of movement of the individual, the maximum speed of movement during the testing period, the time spent without visible movement, the number of exits to the central zone. It has been established that intact individuals, brought up together with sensory deprived siblings, change the severity of research behavior. It was revealed that the critical period during which a change in the social environment has a more significant influence on the formation of research behavior is the period from the 9th to the 20th day of life.

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Keywords: behavior ontogeny, restriction of species-specific afferentation, exploratory behavior

Journal rubric: Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology

Article type: scientific article


Funding. This work was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (project № 18-013-00597 “Social factors aggravating manifestation of absence-epilepsy”).

For citation: Shishelova A.Y., Raevsky V.V. The social environment of early ontogenesis and the formation of research behavior in adulthood. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2019. Vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 142–147. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2019120311. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

A. Y. Shishelova, PhD in Biology, Senior Researcher in Human physiology laboratory, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Assistant Professor, Physiology Department, Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University (RNRMU); Senior Researcher in Neuroontogenesis Lab, Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology of RAS, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Vladimir V. Raevsky, Chief of Neuroontogenesis Lab, Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology of RAS, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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