Date of Award

Summer 8-10-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Departments/Programs

Psychology

First Advisor

Thomas Preuss, PhD

Second Advisor

Peter Moller, PhD

Academic Program Adviser

Diana Reiss, PhD

Abstract

The commonly prescribed antidepressant Prozac (fluoxetine) is found in waste water and affects aquatic animals. Here we ask how social hierarchy and startle behavior in an African cichlid fish community is impacted by chronic fluoxetine exposure. Results indicate reduced aggression and startle rates, implying possible ecological consequences.

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