Circuits and Behavior Core
Reserve equipment by signing up in the appropriate calendar.
- Provide equipment, facilities, consultation, and technical expertise for carrying out behavioral experiments
- Ensure that NINDS investigators have access to equipment and services necessary to assess behavioral phenotypes
The core provides expertise and equipment for many different behavioral assays. See list below.
* Any project involving animals must be approved by the Tufts University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) before initiation. The Core Manager can provide assistance in preparing amendments or sections to include behavioral testing in animal protocols.
Chris Dulla, PhD
Jamie Maguire, PhD
Klaus Miczek, PhD
Grant Weiss, PhD
South Cove 3
The following table shows the fee structure for Tufts neuroscientists and other academic users.
Use of equipment & facilities
- $20/hr (max charge $80/day)
Equipment training session
(experimental design, data analysis)
(behavioral assays and surgeries by core personnel)
Complete list of behavior core services and assays below.
Non-academic users - email Rob Jackson for a quote.
Learning, Memory, and Cognition
- Fear conditioning (contextual or che-associated modalities)
- Barnes maze
- Morris water maze
- Radial arm maze
- Spontaneous alteration (T maze) - "working memory"
- Novel object recognition
Motor Activity (baseline levels or drug-abused effects)
- Home cage (photobeam breaks)
- Open-field arena (photobeam breaks)
Motor coordination and balance
- Rotarod test
Reactivity to painful stimulation
- Tailflick test (spinal reflex)
- Hot plate test (supraspinal pain reflex)
- Elevated plus maze (automated)
- Open-field activity (photobeam breaks)
- Light/dark box (automated)
- Startle response (acoustic stimulus)
- Porsolt forced swim test
- Tail suspension test
- Sucrose/saccharin preference
- Acoustic startle response
- Social interaction test
- Three-chamber test
- Conditioned place preference
- Preference (bottle-choice)
- Drinking in the dark
- Psychostimulant effect vs. depressant effects
- Tolerance and sensitization of psychomotor activity
- Phase controlled wheel running
- Energy expenditure (respirometry)
- Food intake
- Locomotor activity
Contact Grant Weiss for additional information.