Behavioral Tasks and Descriptions



This task evaluates basic sensory-motor integration and balance. Mice must remain on a rod that spins at an accelerating rate. Rotarod

Open Field

This task involves evaluation of locomotor behavior and exploration in an empty (open) field.OpenField.2 OpenField


3-chamber social choice task

This task involves assessing whether a mouse prefers to spend more time exploring a con-specific (same-sex) mouse, or an inanimate toy. Social

Tube task

 This task evaluates dominance, by assessing which in a pair of mice will be forced to back out of a plexiglass tube through which two mice cannot pass. Tube

Vocalization recordings

 This task involves recording ethologic vocalizations under different conditions such as: pup separated from mother; female vocalizing socially to another female;  male vocalizing to a female for mating. Acoustic.Recording


Elevated Plus-Maze

This task ascertains how much time mice are willing to spend in an “open” versus closed (darker) arm. More anxious animals will spend more time in dark and less in light. Open field can also provide anxiety information (anxious animals will avoid the open center). Elevated.Plus


Visual discrimination learning

This task involves the use of operant shaping, followed by various choice tasks such as pair-wise discrimination, match-to-sample, non-match-to-sample, and more.



Acoustic discrimination

 This task involves the use of a pre-pulse inhibition paradigm to assess reflex responses to acoustic stimuli, thus measuring processing thresholds (e.g., shortest detectable silent gap). Acoutic.PPI

From Truong et al., 2014


Various motivational tasks can be made available on special request, including a barrier T-maze that ascertains effort a mouse will expend to acquire a desirable reward.


Additional tasks can be adapted or developed in consultation with PI needs. Question.Mouse