Enrichment protocol for rat models

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Abstract

An environmental enrichment (EE) cage consisting of a broad living area and various stimulators triggers social, cognitive, and physical activities. EE has been utilized in a wide range of neurological and non-neurological studies. However, the details of the environmental enrichment protocol were not well described in these studies. This has resulted in uncertainty and inconsistency in methodology, which may thus fail to replicate environmental enrichment effects, influencing the study outcome. Here we describe the basic guidelines and present an easy-to-follow protocol for environmental enrichment in rat models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e152
Number of pages12
JournalCurrent Protocols
Volume1
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

Keywords

  • cognitive
  • environmental enrichment
  • physical activities
  • rat
  • social

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