UNIT 8.5E Assessment of Sustained and Divided Attention in Rats

  1. H. Moore Arnold1,
  2. John P. Bruno2,
  3. Martin Sarter2

Published Online: 1 MAY 2003

DOI: 10.1002/0471142301.ns0805es22

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

How to Cite

Arnold, H. M., Bruno, J. P. and Sarter, M. 2003. Assessment of Sustained and Divided Attention in Rats. Current Protocols in Neuroscience. 22:8.5E:8.5E.1–8.5E.13.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Sention Pharmaceutical, Providence, Rhode Island

  2. 2

    The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAY 2003
  2. Published Print: JAN 2003


Behavioral tasks must be evaluated in terms of the cognitive functions they require in order to be performed. All of the tasks described in this chapter can be used with each of four experimental manipulations: stimulation of a single brain region by drugs or small electrical current, impairment of normal function by production of a lesion or administration of appropriate pharmacological agents, recording of brain activity during the performance of a specific behavioral task, or behavioral phenotyping of transgenic and knockout mice for genes expressed in specific brain regions. This unit describes protocols for the radial arm maze task and the water maze task, both of which require intact spatial memory abilities.