Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Animal Behavior Core

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     The Behavioral Core provides expertise, staff and state-of-the-art equipment and software designed for testing behavioral outcome in rodents. The Core also maintains the strictest standards with regards to validity and reliability of behavioral assays andtraining. We facilitate functional assessments and phenotyping with many type of logistical support including help with animal protocols, grant and manuscript writing, experimental design and statistical analysis. We have many well-characterized assays, and we also develop tests to suit individual needs and other species.

Contact: Maria Gulinello, Ph.D
Kennedy 925, B32, B34
tel. 718-430-4042

Cognitive Function
  • Visual Working Memory - Object Recognition
  • Spatial Working Memory -Object Placement
  • Social Discrimination Memory
  • Spontaneous Alternation
  • Morris Water Maze
  • Radial Arm Maze (reference and working memory)
  • Conditioned Taste Aversion

Affective / Emotional Behaviors
  • Social Interaction Social Preference
  • Social Transmission of Food Preferences
  • Reproductive and mating behavior
  • Open Field (exploratory behavior, risk assessment, thigmotaxis)
  • Marble Burying (neophobia, compulsions)
  • Elevated Plus Maze (anxiety)
  • Light/Dark Box (anxiety)
  • Acoustic Startle – anxiety and hearing
  • Porsolt (Forced Swim) Test – depression
Tests of Analgesia
  • Von Frey (sensory threshold and allodynia)

Sensorimotor Function
  • Open Field (activity, habituation, sensitization)
  • Rotarod (motor coordination, motor learning)
  • Grip Strength (sensorimotor function, muscle strength)
  • Gait analysis and toe spread (motor coordination)
  • Balance Beam (motor coordination)
  • Visual Placing (visual acuity)
  • Visual Cliff (visual acuity and depth perception)
  • Pupil dilation
  • Acoustic Startle and Prepulse Inhibition

  • Functional Observation Battery (Primary Screen)
  • Estrous Cycle Staging
  • Ultrasonic vocalizations (coming soon)
  • Behavioral Tracking software (Viewer, Biobserve)
  • Conditioned Place Preferences and Aversions
  • Grooming
  • Stereotypies
  • Developmental milestones

Recent News & Events

Event | Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Bronx Zoo Walk
Members, friends and family of the Neuroscience Department will be walking and fundraising in the Dystance4Dystonia Bronx Zoo Walk, being held on October 4th, 2015 at the Bronx Zoo. Participants should enter via the Southern Blvd gate. Registration begins at 8:00AM, while the event begins at 9:30AM. For more information about Dystonia, click here....more

Publication | Drs. Scott Emmons and David Hall
Drs. Scott EmmonsDavid Hall and colleagues have co-authored a feature article for the upcoming "Neuro Special" issue of Nature, Sammut et al. “Glia-derived neurons are required for sex-specific learning in C. elegans.”...more

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Contact Us

Rose F. Kennedy Center

1410 Pelham Pkwy S.

Rm 903, Bronx, NY 10461

Phone: 718.430.3415

Fax: 718.430.8821


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