Peromyscus leucopus: An Interesting Subject for Studies of Socially Induced Stress Responses

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Science  03 Jan 1964:
Vol. 143, Issue 3601, pp. 55-56
DOI: 10.1126/science.143.3601.55


White-footed mice, Peromyscus leucopus, possess several characteristics which make them interesting subjects for the experimental study of social interactions and stress physiology: tolerance of very high cage densities among social congeners; marked behavioral intolerance among social strangers; exceptionally large adrenal glands; and adrenal and eosinophil responses sensitive to social disturbance.