Temporal Patterns of Rodent Behavior in the Elevated Plus Maze Test

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The aim of the present study was to evaluate, by means of a temporal pattern analysis, rat’s behavior in theelevated plus maze test. A specific software called THEME has been used. On the basis of an ethogramencompassing 24 behavioral elements, results demonstrated that 14 components represented the 98% of thedisplayed activities. 145 different temporal patterns have been detected; length distribution of such patternsshowed that three-, four-, and five-elements patterns were more represented than two-elements ones. Finally, acomplex temporal pattern encompassing 8 behavioral elements has been discussed. Present article demonstratedthe presence of complex temporal patterns characterizing the behavior of rats in the elevated plus maze test.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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