An open-field activity analysis of labyrinthectomized rats

A detailed behavioral analysis was performed on rats that received bilateral labyrinthectomies. They were placed in a walled activity monitor (39 ◊ 39 cm) that allowed the animal to move freely within the enclosure. Their behavioral activities were automatically recorded. These activities were placed into twelve different categories. The results show a lower rate of habituation for the labyrinthectomized animal as well as an overall increase in activity over all dimensions as compared to the control. This increase in behavior may be exploratory and a necessary feature in the formation of spatial maps. © 1990.

A detailed behavioral analysis was performed on rats that received bilateral labyrinthectomies. They were placed in a walled activity monitor (39 ◊ 39 cm) that allowed the animal to move freely within the enclosure. Their behavioral activities were automatically recorded. These activities were placed into twelve different categories. The results show a lower rate of habituation for the labyrinthectomized animal as well as an overall increase in activity over all dimensions as compared to the control. This increase in behavior may be exploratory and a necessary feature in the formation of spatial maps. © 1990.

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