A spherical treadmill system to train head-fixed adult rats

A spherical treadmill system to train head-fixed adult rats •We present a novel spherical treadmill suitable to train adult rats.•The sphere freely rotates supported by 3 bearings and its movement is video tracked.•Head-fixation is used to facilitate acute electrophysiology and imaging recordings.•We designed a training protocol that gradually introduces animals to head-fixation.•Adult Long Evans rats were successfully trained in an auditory discrimination task. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Neuroscience Methods Elsevier

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN
0165-0270
eISSN
1872-678X
D.O.I.
10.1016/j.jneumeth.2017.12.018
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Abstract

•We present a novel spherical treadmill suitable to train adult rats.•The sphere freely rotates supported by 3 bearings and its movement is video tracked.•Head-fixation is used to facilitate acute electrophysiology and imaging recordings.•We designed a training protocol that gradually introduces animals to head-fixation.•Adult Long Evans rats were successfully trained in an auditory discrimination task.

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Journal of Neuroscience MethodsElsevier

Published: Mar 1, 2018

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