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Animal Behavior Test
  • Auditory Fear Conditioning is a simple task designed to evaluate long lasting associative learning in which a mild foot shock is paired with a tone. Auditory fear conditioning can be used to examine deficits in several brain structures including the amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex.
  • Contextual Fear Conditioning tests the ability of rodents to associate cues in the environment with an aversive event. This task is hippocampal-dependent.
  • Morris Water-Maze analyzes spatial learning and memory using a water pool which has a submerged platform. Rodents must use spatial clues in the room to remember where the hidden platform is located. This task depends on hippocampal memory. Modifications of the task can be access other brain structures such as the prefrontal cortex and basal forebrain.
  • Novel Location Recognition is a task where an object is change from its old position to a new one. Rodents which remember the previous location of the objects will spend more time exploring the moved object. This task evaluates hippocampal-dependent spatial learning and memory.
  • Novel Object Recognition is based on the natural tendency of animals to investigate a novel object rather than a familiar object when both are simultaneously present in a familiar open field. Rodents which remember the previously objects will spend more time exploring the novel object.
  • Open Field Task is commonly used to access:
    • locomotion – measured as the distance traveled; velocity of movement
    • anxiety – measured as the time spent in center
  • Zero-Maze measures the anxiety levels of rodents by comparing the time spent in the open and closed portions of the maze. Rodents which are anxious spend less time in the open portions of the maze which lack walls.
  • Forced Swim Test is commonly used as a measure of depression in rodents. The faster an animal gives up and stops swimming the more depressed it is considered. Antidepressant drugs increase the time that rodents will keep swimming in this task.
  • Rotor-Rod is used to assess motor co-ordination and balance.

The Behavioral Core also maintains stereotaxic equipment and an Isoflurane anesthesia system for small animal surgery.

  • Human Cognitive Testing
  • Hot Plate Analgesia Meters evaluates thermal pain reflexes due to footpad contact with a heated surface.
  • Forced Swim Test (also known as the behavioral despair test) is the most commonly used test for assessment of depression in animal models. The test is commonly used to measure the effect of antidepressant drugs on behavior.
Human Behavior Test

Functioning Area

Mimi-Mental State Examination, 2nd edition (MMSE-2)  Mental Sate
Escala de Inteligencia Wechsler para Adultos III (EIWA-III)

General Cognitive Functioning ( Verbal and No Verbal IQ )

Escala de Inteligencia Wechsler para Niños Revisada para Puerto Rico (EIWN-R-PR)

General Cognitive Functioning( Verbal and No Verbal IQ )

Raven Progre-ssive Matrices 

General Cognitive Functioning ((IQ) No Verbal) 

Wechsler Memory Scale (WMS-III)

Children's Memory Scale Memory (General)
Memory Island Memory (General)
Rey Complex Figure Test and Recognition Trial (RCFT)    Memory (Visual)
California Verbal Learning Test (CVLT2) Memory (Verbal)

Multilingual Aphasia Examination, 3rd. Ed.

Boston Diagnostic Aphasia Examination–Third Edition (BDAE–3) Language
Conners' Continous Performance Test (CPT-II) Executive Functioning
Seashore Rhythym Scale Executive Functioning
Iowa Gambling Task  Executive Functioning
Category Test Executive Functioning
Beck Anxiety Inventory Emotional
Beck Depression Inventory 2  Emotional
SCL-90 Symptom Checklist Emotional
Rorschach  Personality
Color Vision Test from Ishihara    Visual Perception
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