Object recognition test

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The object recognition test is based on the natural tendency of rodents to investigate novelty.

In the training phase of the task, subjects are allowed to freely explore objects in an experimental arena. After a delay, two objects, including the known one and a novel, are presented to the subject in the test phase. The choice to explore the novel object reflects the use of recognition memory processes.

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Reasons for choosing this test

  • Short- and long-term memory
  • Not dependent upon the hippocampus
  • Less influenced by non-specific locomotor effects
  • Standard test for phenotyping
  • Simple to set up and use
  • Does not require prior food deprivation
  • Sensitive for both rats and mice

Reasons for not choosing this test

  • Difficult to automatize
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