Rats and mice share common ethologically relevant parameters of exploratory behavior

Dan Drai, Neri Kafkafi, Yoav Benjamini, Greg Elmer, Ilan Golani*

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Detailed studies of rat exploratory behavior reveal that it consists of typical behavior patterns having a distinct structure. Recently we have developed interactive software that uses as input the automatically digitized time-series of the animal's location for the visualization, analysis, capturing and quantification of these patterns. We use this software here for the study of BALB/cJtau mouse behavior. The results suggest that a considerable number of rat patterns are also present in the mouse. These ethologically-relevant patterns have a significant potential as a phenotyping tool.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)133-140
Number of pages8
JournalBehavioural Brain Research
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 8 Nov 2001
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study is part of the project ‘Phenotyping mouse exploratory behavior’ supported by NIH 1 R01 NS40234-01. We thank Tirza Stern and Anna Dvorkin for their help in data acquisition and analysis.


  • Behavior genetics: Balb
  • Computerized tracking
  • Dynamic systems
  • Locomotor behavior
  • Measuring behavior
  • Open field
  • Phenotyping mouse behavior


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