Title

The 5-choice serial reaction time task: a task of attention and impulse control for rodents

Abstract

This protocol describes the 5-choice serial reaction time task, which is an operant based task used to study attention and impulse control in rodents. Test day challenges, modifications to the standard task, can be used to systematically tax the neural systems controlling either attention or impulse control. Importantly, these challenges have consistent effects on behavior across laboratories in intact animals and can reveal either enhancements or deficits in cognitive function that are not apparent when rats are only tested on the standard task. The variety of behavioral measures that are collected can be used to determine if other factors (i.e., sedation, motivation deficits, locomotor impairments) are contributing to changes in performance. The versatility of the 5CSRTT is further enhanced because it is amenable to combination with pharmacological, molecular, and genetic techniques.

Publisher

Journal of Visualized Experiments

Publication Date

8-10-2014

Publication Title

Journal of Visualized Experiments

Department

Neuroscience

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.3791/51574

Keywords

Neuroscience, Attention, Impulse control, Cognition

Language

English

Format

text

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