Behavioral phenotyping of rodents

Comp Med. 2003 Apr;53(2):140-6.


Established methods for analyzing behavioral traits in mutant lines of mice allow researchers to understand the outcomes of genetic manipulations in the nervous system. A rigorous six-tiered behavioral phenotyping strategy is described. Recommendations are offered for the design of mouse behavioral testing suites in animal housing facilities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal / physiology*
  • Behavioral Sciences / instrumentation
  • Behavioral Sciences / methods
  • Genetics, Behavioral*
  • Housing, Animal*
  • Laboratory Animal Science / instrumentation
  • Laboratory Animal Science / methods
  • Mice
  • Mice, Mutant Strains / genetics
  • Mice, Mutant Strains / psychology*
  • Phenotype
  • Social Environment
  • Veterinary Medicine / methods