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Assessing Burrowing, Nest Construction, and Hoarding in Mice

Assessing Burrowing, Nest Construction, and Hoarding in Mice

Article DOI: 10.3791/2607-v 08:23 min January 5th, 2012
January 5th, 2012



Burrowing, nesting, and hoarding are species-typical activities that mice readily perform in the laboratory. This article describes how they can be easily and cheaply assessed. These protocols are extremely sensitive to mouse strain, brain lesions and diseases. Moreover they constitute “environmental enrichment” for the mice, and embody the “Refinement” aspect of the “3 Rs”18.


Burrowing Nest Construction Hoarding Mice Activities Of Daily Living (ADL) Alzheimer's Disease (AD) Preclinical Behavioural Screening Cognitive Testing Episodic Memory Rodent Memory AD Treatments Characterise ADL Of Mice Oxford Mouse Hoarding Paradigm Food Source Container
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