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Nurturing Vs Nature For Biology - Distance Learning Class. By: Joy Kerr. Project Goals. Determine if nurturing has an affect on Behavior Relationship Size. Golden Hamster. Syrian Golden Hamster Order : Rodents (Rodential) Suborder : Mouse relatives (Myomorpha)

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Nurturing Vs Nature For Biology - Distance Learning Class

By: Joy Kerr


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Project Goals

Determine if nurturing has an affect on

  • Behavior

  • Relationship

  • Size


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Golden Hamster

  • Syrian Golden Hamster

  • Order: Rodents (Rodential)

  • Suborder: Mouse relatives (Myomorpha)

  • Family (burrowers (Cricetidae

  • Genus: Hamster (Mesocricetus


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Information

  • Hamsters are territorial, nocturnal, prairie animals

  • Life expectancy is usually two to four years

  • Pregnancy lasts 16 to 17 days


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Description

Two hamsters were used for the project

  • Siblings - Female

  • Age- three weeks old

  • Subject A - schedule involved interaction with humans on a regular basis

  • Subject B - only interaction with humans was based on necessity

For a list of daily activities - See Exhibit A

FOR MORE INFO...


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Comparative Analysis

Subject A

Subject B

Behavior Relationship Intelligence

Size Activity level


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Measurement

  • A scale was used to measure weight

  • Research was conducted to determine usual behavior expected from hamsters

  • A log was kept to record changes or unusual behavior

  • Different activities were recorded to determine intelligence


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Procedures

  • Two sister hamster were purchased at 3 weeks old

  • The hamsters were separated immediately

  • Each house contained food, water, exercise wheel, and a play toy

  • Bedding consisted of shredded pine


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Schedule

  • Subject A received human interaction on a regular schedule

  • Subject A exercise scheduled consisted of running around in a ball for 20 minutes three times each day

  • Subject A received special treats - cheerios, dog biscuits


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Schedule

  • Subject B received attention only during house cleaning

  • Subject B exercise scheduled consisted of running around in a ball for 20 minutes two times per week.

  • Subject B did not receive additional food items


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Schedule

  • Each subject received the same amount per feeding

  • Each subject received fresh water per day

  • Each subject’s house was cleaned twice a week - Wednesday and Saturday evenings






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Measuring Intelligence

Intelligence was measured on a scale 1-5.

Example: It took Subject B one day to learn to use the potty house; it took Subject A five days to learn to use the potty house.


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Comparative Results

  • Based on the project - nurturing made a difference when comparing activities between Subject A and Subject B.

  • Based on the project - nurturing did not affect size or intelligence, or relationship with other hamsters.


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Exhibit A

  • List of daily activities for Subject A.

    • Being held

    • Talking (human interaction)

    • Running in a ball

    • Eating (introduced a new snack each day)

    • Sleeping 8:00 A.M - 7:00 P.M.


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Exhibit A Continued

  • List of daily activities for Subject B.

    • Limited voice interaction

    • Exercise on wheel only

    • Exercise outside of cage twice/week

    • Eating regular food only

    • Sleeping 7:00 A.M - 11:00 P.M.


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Subject A and Subject B

Abbey

Rainey (in the ball)


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The End

By: Joy G. Kerr


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