UNIT 8.5E Assessment of Sustained and Divided Attention in Rats
Published Online: 1 MAY 2003
Copyright © 2003 by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Lab Protocol Title
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.
- Published Online: 1 MAY 2003
- 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.