Evaluating Skilled Prehension in Mice Using an Auto-Trainer.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We describe a method to introduce naïve mice to a novel prehension (reach-to-grasp) task. Mice are housed singly in cages with a frontal slot that permits the mouse to reach out of its cage and retrieve food pellets. Minimal food restriction is employed to encourage the mice to perform the food retrieval from the slot. As the mice begin to associate coming to the slot for food, the pellets are manually pulled away to stimulate extension and pronation of their paw to grasp and retrieve the pellet through the frontal slot. When the mice begin to reach for the pellets as they arrive at the slot, the behavioral assay can be performed by measuring the rate at which they successfully grasp and retrieve the desired pellet. They are then introduced to an auto-trainer that automates both the process of providing food pellets for the mouse to grasp, and the recording of successful and failed reaching and grasping attempts. This allows for the collection of reaching data for multiple mice with minimal effort, to be used in experimental analysis as appropriate.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hubbard, R; Dunthorn, J; O'Brien, RJ; Tasch, D; Tasch, U; Zeiler, SR

Published Date

  • September 12, 2019

Published In

PubMed ID

  • 31566601

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1940-087X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3791/59784


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States