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Testing Animal Anxiety in Rats: Effects of Open Arm Ledges and Closed Arm Wall Transparency in Elevated Plus Maze Test

DOI :

10.3791/56428-v

June 29th, 2018

June 29th, 2018

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1Laboratory of Animal Behavior and Environmental Science, School of Agriculture, Meiji University, 2Laboratory of Agri-environmental Science, School of Agriculture, Meiji University

Rats' anxiety-like behavior tested by the elevated plus maze varies highly depending on the testing environment. Here we show how apparatus settings, especially arm structure, affect behavior on the maze, and we explain a reliable protocol to detect effects of anxiolytic drugs. This report will contribute to anxiety research.

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Animal Anxiety

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