modified beam walking
modified beam walking apparatus


Sweiss et al. (2016)



  • Integration of motor co-ordination tasks and anxiety-like behavior is important to asses brain injury in rodents that impact performance on both the tasks
  • Sweiss et al. (2016) propose modified walking beam to achieve the integration of these two tasks
  • modified beam-walking (MBW) apparatus has an added platform to support a darkened safe box
  • Safe box made with semicircular opening of approximately 15 cm diameter for rodent to enter easily
  • Safe-box is painted black to mimic enclosed arms of Elevated plus maze
  • rat is placed on the end of the beam opposite the safe box to measure motor latency to cross the beam – motor task performance
  • After beam crossing the rat is left in the safe box for 5 min – Anxiety testing

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