Publication
Title
The RAT-ROTADRUM : a reaction time task depending on a continuous stream of tactile sensory information to the rat
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Abstract
Rats running in their natural habitat monitor the immediate environment with their micro- and macrovibrissae as if reading Braille. These sensory inputs can serve as a cue to change their ongoing motor patterns, for instance to avoid obstacles. To mimic this behavior in a laboratory setting we present a novel behavioral test design. It includes a self-controlled stimulus presentation with sensory discrimination acting as a cue to redirect motor behavior. To acquire the final paradigm, rats undergo a sequenced training protocol. Extracellular neuronal activity was recorded during task performance in the final paradigm. Together with this behavioral test box we present a flexible, easy to build and affordable modular stimulus control system.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of neuroscience methods. - Amsterdam
Publication
Amsterdam : 2011
ISSN
0165-0270
Volume/pages
200:2(2011), p. 153-163
ISI
000295242300007
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UAntwerpen
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Creation 07.10.2011
Last edited 25.06.2017
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