Automation of the novel object recognition task for use in adolescent rats

J Neurosci Methods. 2007 Oct 15;166(1):99-103. doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2007.06.032. Epub 2007 Aug 23.


The novel object recognition task is gaining popularity for its ability to test a complex behavior which relies on the integrity of memory and attention systems without placing undue stress upon the animal. While the task places few requirements upon the animal, it traditionally requires the experimenter to observe the test phase directly and record behavior. This approach can severely limit the number of subjects which can be tested in a reasonable period of time, as training and testing occur on the same day and span several hours. The current study was designed to test the feasibility of automation of this task for adolescent rats using standard activity chambers, with the goals of increased objectivity, flexibility, and throughput of subjects.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aging / physiology
  • Animals
  • Automation / instrumentation*
  • Automation / methods
  • Behavior, Animal / physiology
  • Behavioral Sciences / instrumentation*
  • Behavioral Sciences / methods
  • Brain / growth & development
  • Discrimination, Psychological / physiology
  • Exploratory Behavior / physiology
  • Male
  • Maze Learning / physiology
  • Memory / physiology
  • Neuropsychology / instrumentation*
  • Neuropsychology / methods
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual / physiology*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Recognition, Psychology / physiology*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Spatial Behavior / physiology
  • Time Factors