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DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1141.2008.00049

Zoological Research (动物学研究) 2008/29:1 PP.49-55

Assessing Exploratory Behavior and Memory in ICR, BALB/c and C57BL/6 Mice Using Habituation


Abstract:
Differences in exploratory, rearing and locomotion activity of ICR, BALB/c and C57BL/6 strain were investigated by a 16-hole board task and an open field with an automated infrared detecting system. ICR mice had the highest response rate while C57BL/6 mice had the lowest. It took less time for ICR mice to get used to a new environment and its performance in memory testing was also superior to C57BL/6 mice. The results confirmed the feasibility of using a hole-board test to assess memory. Comparisons between the trend of rearing and hole-poking activity demonstrated that the rearing behavior of mice, to a certain degree, reflected its exploratory and cognitive ability. Our results provided firm support for the notion that selection of a mouse strain is essential when conducting studies on higher cognitive behavior in mice.

Key words:Animal behavior,Strain,Exploratory behavior,Habituation,Memory

ReleaseDate:2014-07-21 14:08:07



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