The equipment (animal testing apparatus, video recording, etc.) and methods used in the Biobehavioral Research Core cover a wide range of behavioral domains. In addition, powerful application software is available to track and analyze the behavior, movement, and activity of animals in real-time or from pre-recorded video files.

Sensory and Motor Function

  • Neurological Screen
  • Open Field Test
  • Rotor-Rod
  • Cylinder Test
  • Grip Strength


  • Barnes Maze
  • Fear Conditioning Test
  • Passive Avoidance Test
  • Object Recognition
  • T- and Y-Mazes

Affective Behavior

  • Elevated Plus Maze
  • Forced Swim Test
  • Tail Suspension Test
  • Pre Pulse Inhibition

Social Behavior

  • Sociability
  • Social Interaction
  • Social Novelty Preference Test
  • Social Memory


  • Randall-Selitto Test (Analgesy-Meter)
  • Von Frey Method
  • Flinch-Jump Test

Stereotyped Behavior/Repetitive Behavior

  • Circling
  • Jumping
  • Repetitive Self-Grooming

Tracking and Other Software

  • ANY-Maze
  • Noldus EthoVision
  • Gemini
  • PAS pathway
  • PAS reporter



Upon request, custom tests can be developed to respond to the needs of investigators.