The Automated Open Field is an automated system used to observe, record, and analyze rodents’ locomotor and behavioral activity levels. The system consists of an open field box, surrounded by an outer area divided into quadrants with activity integration that reports the animal location using photo-array technology. It is an adapted version of the Open Field arena which includes sensors for recording and software for analyzing rodents’ behavior. It can measure the subject’s locomotion, behavioral activity levels, for behaviors associated with anxiety, exploration, and thigmotaxis.
It can be used to assess the effect of age on locomotion, neuromuscular abnormalities of genetically modified animals, the effect of therapeutic interventions on locomotion and behavior, etc.