thigmotaxis


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thigmotaxis

[¦thig·mə¦tak·səs]
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(The scientific name for this phenomenon is "thigmotaxis.") When your dog knows the cue to touch her nose to your hand, you can easily move her out of your way by positioning your target hand off to your side and asking her to "Touch."
This included swimming around the edge of the water maze (thigmotaxis), failure to climb onto the platform after reaching it, and difficulties in swimming that were severe enough to cause termination of the session in three of the six rats (in cases in which the animal failed to reach the platform with in 60 s, a 60-s escape latency was recorded).