Methods for behavioral testing of spinal cord injured rats.

  title={Methods for behavioral testing of spinal cord injured rats.},
  author={Jiř{\'i} {\vS}ed{\'y} and Lucia Machov{\'a} Urdz{\'i}kov{\'a} and Pavla Jendelov{\'a} and Eva Sykov{\'a}},
  journal={Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews},
  volume={32 3},
Behavioral outcome in rats with spinal cord injury (SCI) is the most important factor for evaluating the extent of injury and treatment efficacy. For this purpose, a number of behavioral testing methods can be used. In this review, 35 individual locomotor, motor, sensory, sensory-motor, autonomic or electrophysiological behavioral tests, their weaknesses and strengths, testing conditions, the need for habituation, pre-training and/or food deprivation, methods for increasing the animals' skills… CONTINUE READING

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