Free versus forced exposure to an elevated plus-maze: evidence for new behavioral interpretations during test and retest

@article{Roy2008FreeVF,
  title={Free versus forced exposure to an elevated plus-maze: evidence for new behavioral interpretations during test and retest},
  author={Vincent Roy and Pierre Chapillon and Mustapha Jeljeli and J Christopher Caston and Catherine Belzung},
  journal={Psychopharmacology},
  year={2008},
  volume={203},
  pages={131-141}
}
The rodent elevated plus-maze is based on an approach/avoidance conflict between secure closed arms and aversive open arms that can be measured to assess anxiety. Despite this apparent simplicity, several discrepancies emerge from the interpretation of an animal’s behavior in the maze, especially when considering the one-trial tolerance effect. In order to bring new elements of interpretation, we compared the behavior of rats exposed to the standard version of the test (forced exposure) to the… CONTINUE READING

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