Rodent Behavioral Learning and Memory Models

I. Introduction

II. Behavioral Assessments in Rodents

A. Fear Conditioning

B. Avoidance Conditioning

C. Simple Maze Learning

D. Spatial Learning

E. Taste Learning

III. Modern Experimental Uses of Rodent Behavioral Models

A. The Four Basic Types of Experiments

B. Using Behavioral Paradigms in Block and Measure Experiments

IV. Control Experiments

A. Open Field Analysis and Elevated Plus Maze Performance

B. Rotating-Rod Performance—Coordination and Motor Learning

C. Acoustic Startle and Pre-Pulse Inhibition

D. Nociception

E. Vision Tests—Light-Dark Exploration and Visual Cliff

V. Summary References

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