Environmental enrichment in BALB/c mice: effects in classical tests of anxiety and exposure to a predatory odor.

@article{Roy2001EnvironmentalEI,
  title={Environmental enrichment in BALB/c mice: effects in classical tests of anxiety and exposure to a predatory odor.},
  author={Vincent Roy and Catherine Belzung and Catherine Delarue and Pierre Chapillon},
  journal={Physiology & behavior},
  year={2001},
  volume={74 3},
  pages={313-20}
}
Early stimulation by environmental enrichment generally leads to improved learning abilities in rodents. However, the effects of environmental enrichment on emotional reactivity remain more questionable and were mostly studied by using classical tests of anxiety based on confrontation with a novel environment. The main goal of our study was to use different tests of anxiety to compare BALB/c mice reared in either a standard condition (SC) or enriched condition (EC). Exposure to cat feces was… CONTINUE READING