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Investigate - Object


Overview and Meaning

Investigation of an object is a general investigatory behavior, that is directed to a specific object in the environment. It serves to investigate the local microenvironment.

Description

Investigation, sniffing or whisking, the nose held toward an identifiable stimulus.

Classification

Exploration, Variant of Investigate

Contexts

Food or Environmental

Variants

Object investigation may occur in four different postures:

  1. Upright. The mouse rears up on its hind legs.
  2. Oblique. The mouse has its forebody off the floor and it is sitting up, resting on its haunches.
  3. Sideways. The mouse has all four paws on the cage floor.

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