UNIT 8.16 Mouse Social Recognition and Preference

  1. James T. Winslow

Published Online: 1 MAY 2003

DOI: 10.1002/0471142301.ns0816s22

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

How to Cite

Winslow, J. T. 2003. Mouse Social Recognition and Preference. Current Protocols in Neuroscience. 22:8.16:8.16.1–8.16.16.

Author Information

  1. Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center and Emory Medical School, Atlanta, Georgia

Publication History

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


Social recognition in mice is represented by a simple pattern of behavior that can be accurately and reliably quantified by trained observers. The paradigm presented in this unit takes advantage of an ethologically relevant phenomenon marked by a vigorous and species-typical sequence of investigatory behaviors that occurs when conspecifics meet. Recognition is noted by decreased investigation of a previously encountered animal.