Lecture 5

Lecture 5 - Why use animal research subjects Knowing how...

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Why use animal research subjects? Knowing how one animal works can tell you how other animals work (rat Æ human) But only if the phenomenon you’re interested in is mediated by the same kinds of processes in both species Ex: Studying emotion in the honeybee doesn’t make much sense Our research has focused on identifying factors contributing to weight gain in people What screws up a rat’s ability to regulate his weight might screw up a person’s ability to regulate his weight Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1989 (*BMI 30, or ~ 30 lbs. overweight for 5’ 4” person) No Data <10% 10%–14%
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Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1994 (*BMI 30, or ~ 30 lbs. overweight for 5’ 4” person) No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1999 (*BMI 30, or ~ 30 lbs. overweight for 5’ 4” person) No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20% Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 2004 (*BMI 30, or ~ 30 lbs. overweight for 5’ 4” person)
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This note was uploaded on 01/30/2012 for the course PSYC 120 taught by Professor Bethlebreton during the Fall '11 term at Purdue.

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