A force-plate actometer for quantitating rodent behaviors: illustrative data on locomotion, rotation, spatial patterning, stereotypies, and tremor.

@article{Fowler2001AFA,
  title={A force-plate actometer for quantitating rodent behaviors: illustrative data on locomotion, rotation, spatial patterning, stereotypies, and tremor.},
  author={Stephen J Fowler and Brenda Birkestrand and Rong Chen and Sheldon J Moss and Elena Vorontsova and G Wang and Troy J. Zarcone},
  journal={Journal of neuroscience methods},
  year={2001},
  volume={107 1-2},
  pages={107-24}
}
This report describes a new kind of actometer for recording the behavior of rodents or other small animals. The instrument, a force-plate actometer, uses a stiff, low-mass horizontal plate coupled to four supporting force transducers positioned at the corners of the plate. When an animal moves on the plate, its movements are sensed by the transducers whose signals are processed by computer to yield measurements of a wide range of behaviors or behavioral attributes, such as locomotor activity… CONTINUE READING
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