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Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Animal Behavior Core

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     The Behavioral Core provides expertise, staff and state-of-the-art equipment and software designed for testing behavioral outcome in rodents. The Core also maintains the strictest standards with regards to validity and reliability of behavioral assays andtraining. We facilitate functional assessments and phenotyping with many type of logistical support including help with animal protocols, grant and manuscript writing, experimental design and statistical analysis. We have many well-characterized assays, and we also develop tests to suit individual needs and other species.

Contact: Maria Gulinello, Ph.D
Kennedy 925, B32, B34
tel. 718-430-4042

Cognitive Function
  • Visual Working Memory - Object Recognition
  • Spatial Working Memory -Object Placement
  • Social Discrimination Memory
  • Spontaneous Alternation
  • Morris Water Maze
  • Radial Arm Maze (reference and working memory)
  • Conditioned Taste Aversion

Affective / Emotional Behaviors
  • Social Interaction Social Preference
  • Social Transmission of Food Preferences
  • Reproductive and mating behavior
  • Open Field (exploratory behavior, risk assessment, thigmotaxis)
  • Marble Burying (neophobia, compulsions)
  • Elevated Plus Maze (anxiety)
  • Light/Dark Box (anxiety)
  • Acoustic Startle – anxiety and hearing
  • Porsolt (Forced Swim) Test – depression
 
Tests of Analgesia
  • Von Frey (sensory threshold and allodynia)

Sensorimotor Function
  • Open Field (activity, habituation, sensitization)
  • Rotarod (motor coordination, motor learning)
  • Grip Strength (sensorimotor function, muscle strength)
  • Gait analysis and toe spread (motor coordination)
  • Balance Beam (motor coordination)
  • Visual Placing (visual acuity)
  • Visual Cliff (visual acuity and depth perception)
  • Pupil dilation
  • Acoustic Startle and Prepulse Inhibition

Other
  • Functional Observation Battery (Primary Screen)
  • Estrous Cycle Staging
  • Ultrasonic vocalizations (coming soon)
  • Behavioral Tracking software (Viewer, Biobserve)
  • Conditioned Place Preferences and Aversions
  • Grooming
  • Stereotypies
  • Developmental milestones
 
 
 

Contact Us

Rose F. Kennedy Center

1410 Pelham Pkwy S.

Rm 903, Bronx, NY 10461

Phone: 718.430.3415

Fax: 718.430.8821

 
 
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