UNIT 8.29 Methods for Studying Habitual Behavior in Mice

  1. Mark A. Rossi,
  2. Henry H. Yin

Published Online: 1 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/0471142301.ns0829s60

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

How to Cite

Rossi, M. A. and Yin, H. H. 2012. Methods for Studying Habitual Behavior in Mice. Current Protocols in Neuroscience. 60:8.29:8.29.1–8.29.9.

Author Information

  1. Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and Department of Neurobiology, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: JUL 2012


Habit formation refers to the process by which goal-directed behavior becomes automatized and less sensitive to changes in the value of the goal. It has clear relevance for our understanding of skill learning and addiction. Recent studies have begun to reveal the neural substrates underlying this process. This unit summarizes what is known about the experimental methods used, and provides a protocol for generating and assessing habit formation in mice. Curr. Protoc. Neurosci. 60:8.29.1-8.29.9. © 2012 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


  • operant;
  • habit;
  • instrumental conditioning;
  • action selection;
  • mouse behavior