Social Interaction

This test is used to assess memory for interactions with novel conspecifics.  Mice and rats tend to spend more time interacting with a novel mouse or rat versus one they have previously encountered.   The basic measure is the amount of time the subject spends with either a completely novel animal or an animal to which they have been introduced in a previous session.


The subject is habituated to the test chamber and allowed to freely explore for a set time.   A novel animal is placed in one of the two enclosures, and the percentage of time the mouse spends in the section with the novel animal is compared to the time spent in the section with the empty enclosure.   In a later session, the time spent with the same animal might be compared to time spent with a newer, more novel animal.

Social Interaction

Behavioral Tasks

Social Interaction

Rat Services
Fear Conditioning
Morris Water Maze
Radial Arm Maze
T Maze
Social Interaction
Ultrasonic Vocalization
Conditioned Taste Aversion
Conditioned Place Preference
Novel Object Recognition
Open Field
SHIRPA Primary Screen
Elevated Plus Maze
Light-Dark Box
Social Recognition
Social Transmission
    of Food Preference
Basic Neurological Screens
      ° Vision Penlight
      ° Hot Plate
      ° Tail Immersion
      ° Grip Strength
      ° Gait Analysis
      ° Balance Beam
      ° Forced Swim
      ° Tail Suspension

AND many more
available tests...

Location & Contacts

How to reach us...


Other sites you may find useful.