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    An Alternative Maze to Assess Novel Object Recognition in Mice
    [Abstract] The novel object recognition (NOR) task is a behavioral test commonly used to evaluate episodic-like declarative memory and it relies on the innate tendency of rodents to explore novelty. Here we present a maze used to evaluate NOR memory in mice that reduces the time of the assay while improving reliability of the measurements by increasing the ...
    Enriched Environment Procedures for Rodents: Creating a Standardized Protocol for Diverse Enrichment to Improve Consistency across Research Studies
    Authors:  Bruce C. Harland and John C. Dalrymple-Alford, date: 06/05/2020, view: 363, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Exposure to environmental enrichment has beneficial effects on learning and memory, diverse neurobiological effects, and promotes recovery of function after brain injury. The effect of enrichment is produced by a combination of increased social interaction, physical activity, spatial complexity, and novelty. Procedures in the literature have, ...
    Protocol for Measuring Free (Low-stress) Exploration in Rats
    Authors:  Wojciech Pisula and Klaudia Modlinska, date: 01/20/2020, view: 980, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Research on exploratory behavior plays a key part in behavioral science. Studying exploratory behavior of laboratory rodents may provide important data about many developmental and neurobiological processes occurring in animal ontogenesis. The proposed protocol for measuring the free (low-stress) exploration behavior in rats is straightforward, ...
    Trial-based Discrimination Procedure for Studying Drug Relapse in Rats
    [Abstract] In abstinent drug addicts, cues formerly associated with drug-taking experiences gain relapse-inducing potency (‘incubate’) over time. Animal models of incubation may help in developing treatments for relapse prevention. However, these models have primarily focused on the role of conditioned stimuli (CSs) signaling drug delivery and not ...
    Social Defeat Stress (SDS) in Mice: Using Swiss Mice as Resident
    Authors:  Marco Oreste F. Pagliusi Jr. and Cesar R. Sartori, date: 03/20/2019, view: 2424, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Due to the high prevalence and great economic impact of depression, studies with animal models have been increasingly used to identify neurobiological mechanisms associated with this disorder. However, many animal models use stressful conditions that are not consistent with what we observe in the modern human world. Examples are the chronic ...
    Behavioral Evaluation of Odor Memory in Mice
    Authors:  Afif J. Aqrabawi and Jun Chul Kim, date: 09/20/2018, view: 2628, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Behavioural tests based on the spontaneous recognition paradigm have been used extensively for examining the memory capacity of rodents. By exploiting their innate preference to investigate novel stimuli, inferences can be drawn about the perceived familiarity of encountered objects. Olfaction is the dominant sense used by mice to navigate their ...
    Sociability and Social Novelty Preference Tests Using a U-shaped Two-choice Field
    Authors:  Eun-Hwa Lee, Jin-Young Park, Yunjin Lee and Pyung-Lim  Han, date: 05/20/2018, view: 5571, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] We developed sociability tests based on use of a U-shaped two-choice field to read out behavioral states of sociability in rodents. The U-shaped two-choice field is a modified open field that is partially partitioned with a wall projecting to the central point, resulting in two symmetrical rectangular fields, each containing closed and open square ...
    Touchscreen-based Visual Discrimination and Reversal Tasks for Mice to Test Cognitive Flexibility
    Authors:  Karly M. Turner, Christopher G. Simpson and Thomas H. J. Burne, date: 10/20/2017, view: 6080, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Reversal learning can be used to examine deficits in cognitive flexibility, which have been linked to a number of neuropsychiatric disorders including schizophrenia and addiction. However, methods of examining reversal learning have varied substantially between species. Touchscreen technology has allowed researchers to explore cognitive deficits ...
    Predator Odor-induced Freezing Test for Mice
    Author:  Shintaro Otsuka, date: 09/05/2017, view: 4947, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The innate fear response is an emotional response that does not require any previously acquired conditioning. One of the standard methods to analyze the innate fear response is a 2,4,5-trimethylthiazoline (TMT)-induced freezing test. TMT is an odor originally isolated from anal secretion of the red fox. Acute TMT exposure has been shown to induce ...
    Social Observation Task in a Linear Maze for Rats
    Authors:  Xiang Mou and Daoyun Ji, date: 07/05/2017, view: 4575, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Animals often learn through observing their conspecifics. However, the mechanisms of them obtaining useful knowledge during observation are beginning to be understood. This protocol describes a novel social observation task to test the ‘local enhancement theory’, which proposes that presence of social subjects in an environment facilitates one’s ...



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