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    Use of the Vsoc-maze to Study Sociability and Preference for Social Novelty in Rodents
    [Abstract] Studying social behavior in mouse models empowers the understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms involved, which are affected in neuropsychiatric disorders, allowing the evaluation of therapeutic strategies. Behavioral methods available are time-consuming and reducing the length of behavioral sessions may render more manageable experiments ...
    Simple Protocol for Distinguishing Drug-induced Effects on Spatial Memory Acquisition, Consolidation and Retrieval in Mice Using the Morris Water Maze
    Authors:  Ariel K. Frame, Asad Lone, Richard A. Harris and Robert C. Cumming, date: 09/20/2019, view: 225, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The Morris water maze (MWM) is one of the most commonly used tests for assessing spatial learning and memory in mice. While the MWM is highly amenable to testing the effects of memory modifying drugs, most studies do not consider the timing or duration of drug exposure when conducting the MWM assay; factors that can strongly influence the effect ...
    Protocol for Measuring Compulsive-like Feeding Behavior in Mice
    Authors:  Marta Fructuoso, Jose Espinosa-Carrasco, Ionas Erb, Cedric Notredame and Mara Dierssen, date: 07/20/2019, view: 623, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Obesity is an important health problem with a strong environmental component that is acquiring pandemic proportion. The high availability of caloric dense foods promotes overeating potentially causing obesity. Animal models are key to validate novel therapeutic strategies, but researchers must carefully select the appropriate model to draw the ...
    A Standardized Tank Design for the Light Dark Task in Zebrafish
    Authors:  Amanda Facciol, Steven Tran and Robert Gerlai, date: 07/20/2019, view: 578, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The light dark paradigm is a common behavioral test used to screen a variety of pharmacological agents, including anxiogenics and anxiolytics. Although most often used in rodents, the light dark task has recently been adapted for use in zebrafish. However, a number of inconsistent findings have been reported for this species. Some have found ...
    Measurement of Sleep and Arousal in Drosophila
    Authors:  Margaret E. Driscoll, Callen Hyland and Divya Sitaraman, date: 06/20/2019, view: 822, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Sleep is a conserved neurobehavioral state observed in animals with sufficiently complex nervous systems and is critical for survival. While the exact function of sleep remains unknown, the lack of sleep can have a range of physiological and behavioral effects. Studies in invertebrates and vertebrates have identified conserved neural mechanisms ...
    Rat Model of Empathy for Pain
    Authors:  Yang Yu, Chun-Li Li, Rui Du and Jun Chen, date: 06/20/2019, view: 683, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Empathy for pain is referred to as an evolutionary behavior of social animals and humans associated with the ability to feel, recognize, understand and share the other's distressing (pain, social rejection and catastrophe) states. Impairment of empathy can definitely lead to deficits in social communication and sociability (attachment, bond, ...
    Accessing Olfactory Habituation in Drosophila melanogaster with a T-maze Paradigm
    Authors:  Ourania Semelidou, Summer F. Acevedo and Efthimios M.C. Skoulakis, date: 06/05/2019, view: 867, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Habituation is the process whereby perceptual changes alter the value of environmental stimuli, enabling salience filtering. This behavioral response decrement is a form of non-associative learning, where the subject learns about the stimulus and does not involve sensory adaptation, sensory or motor fatigue. The range of behavioral responses in D. ...
    Inducing Alcohol Dependence in Rats Using Chronic Intermittent Exposure to Alcohol Vapor
    Authors:  Elizabeth M. Avegno and Nicholas W. Gilpin, date: 05/05/2019, view: 1010, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a significant public health and economic burden and is often characterized by repeated bouts of alcohol intoxication and withdrawal. Virtually all organ systems are impacted by chronic alcohol exposure. These effects can be investigated using the rat as a model organism; however, rats typically will not ...
    Displaced Object Recognition Memory in Rats
    Authors:  Ali N. Mclagan and Jena B. Hales, date: 04/20/2019, view: 1015, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The Displaced Object Recognition (DOR) task, sometimes called the Novel Object Location task, assesses spatial recognition memory without navigational demands, explicit instruction, or the need for multiple days of training. This memory task has two phases. First, the subject is familiarized to an open arena with two objects and is allowed to ...
    Consummatory Successive Negative Contrast in Rats
    [Abstract] Using animal models in addiction and pain research is pivotal to unravel new pathways and mechanisms for the treatment of these disorders. Reward devaluation through a consummatory successive negative contrast (cSNC) task has shown the ability to reduce physical pain sensitivity (hypoalgesia) and increase oral ethanol consumption in rats. The ...



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