Event Title

The effects of an alarm cue on rats in an open field maze.

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Faculty Sponsor(s)

Baine Craft, Ph.D. & Ryan Ferrer, Ph.D.

Project Type

Completed qualitative research study

Primary Department

Psychology

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The present study observed the behaviors of rats in an open field maze in response to an alarm cue or water set in one of four quadrants. The alarm mimicked a predatory scent easily recognized by rats. The behaviors measured were freezing (subject is immobile) rearing (subject is on hind legs), locomotion (movement in all four limbs), and grooming. We hypothesize that rats would display more rearing, locomotion, and grooming when water was present, and rats would display more freezing when the alarm cue was present. These results would be consistent with animals' reactions to alarm cues in natural settings.

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The effects of an alarm cue on rats in an open field maze.

The present study observed the behaviors of rats in an open field maze in response to an alarm cue or water set in one of four quadrants. The alarm mimicked a predatory scent easily recognized by rats. The behaviors measured were freezing (subject is immobile) rearing (subject is on hind legs), locomotion (movement in all four limbs), and grooming. We hypothesize that rats would display more rearing, locomotion, and grooming when water was present, and rats would display more freezing when the alarm cue was present. These results would be consistent with animals' reactions to alarm cues in natural settings.