The fear response is quickly learned and long remembered by rodents. It is a powerful and robust behavior to use for investigating memory and fear in laboratory rodents. Pavlovian fear conditioning is an experimental paradigm that is used to generate rapid and robust associative learning. There are several types of fear conditioning protocols. Cued and contextual fear learning are two separate assays in which animals use varying stimuli to recall specific associative memories, using differing neural regions. Amongst its traditional well-known neuroscientific research purposes, fear conditioning has recently gained popularity in the phenotyping of transgenic mice.
Noldus offers the perfect solution for reliable and effective testing of any type of fear learning, all based on our professional video tracking software EthoVision® XT. The fear conditioning setup allows you to automatically and accurately measure freezing and startle behavioral responses during classical and contextual fear conditioning tests with rats or mice. The set-up can be custom build to your preferences.
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