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Summary of Core Facilities

Cognitive Function

Object Recognition

Object Placement

Social Discrimination Memory

Spontaneous Alternation

• Morris Water Maze

• Sensorimotor gaiting

• Radial Arm Maze

• Conditioned Taste Aversion

Labyrinth Maze

Affective / Emotional Behaviors

Social Interaction

Social Preference

Transmission of Food Preferences

Reproductive and mating behavior

Open Field

Marble Burying

Elevated Plus Maze

• Light/Dark Box

• Acoustic Startle

Porsolt (Forced Swim) Test

Maternal behavior

Novelty Supression of Feeding

Anhedonia

 

Tests of Analgesia

Von Frey

Cold Tail Flick

 

Sensorimotor Function

Open Field

Rotarod

Grip Strength

• Gait analysis and toe spread

Balance Beam

• Visual Placing

• Visual Cliff

• Pupil dilation

Tape removal test

 

Other

Functional Observation Battery

Estrous Cycle Staging

• Behavioral Tracking software

• Conditioned Place Preference

• Grooming

• Stereotypies

Developmental milestones (pups)

Homing (pups)

Play (juvenile)

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Social Preference and Social Discrimination

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Rats and mice generally prefer to explore and interact with conspecifics rather than inanimate objects. Lack of such a social preference indicates social withdrawal, which are hallmark signs of anxiety, depression and sickness behavior. Lack of social preference is also used to assess social deficits in rodent models of autism.

Social recognition or discrimination memory relies on the ability of rodents to prefer novel conspecifics rather then familiar ones