Learning in inbred mice: Strain-specific abilities across three radial maze problems

Martine Ammassari-Teule, Hans Jürgen Hoffmann, Clelia Rossi-Arnaud

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Abstract

Mice belonging to the C57BL/6, DBA/2 (DBA), and C3H/He (C3H) strains were compared in three different eight0arm radial maze tasks requiring various degrees of spatial and nonspatial information processing. The results show that, on the standard radial maze task, C57 performed better than DBA, which, in turn, performed better than C3H. Fewer differences in the four-baited arm task and no difference in the cued version task were found between C57 and DBA, while C3H still performed more poorly. The high performance shown by C57 mice in all problems seems to be related to their ability to build up maze-running patterns based upon an optimal proportion of 45° angle turns, according to the demand of the situation. The cognitive and discriminative mechanisms involved in the solving of each task, the sensorial characteristics of the three strains, and the limits of an approach based upon neuroanatomical-behavioral correlations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-412
Number of pages8
JournalBehavior Genetics
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1993

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Keywords

  • foraging behavior
  • inbred mice
  • radial maze
  • spatial and visual discrimination
  • Spatial learning

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  • Psychology(all)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Genetics

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Learning in inbred mice : Strain-specific abilities across three radial maze problems. / Ammassari-Teule, Martine; Hoffmann, Hans Jürgen; Rossi-Arnaud, Clelia.

In: Behavior Genetics, Vol. 23, No. 4, 07.1993, p. 405-412.

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Ammassari-Teule, M, Hoffmann, HJ & Rossi-Arnaud, C 1993, 'Learning in inbred mice: Strain-specific abilities across three radial maze problems', Behavior Genetics, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 405-412. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01067443
Ammassari-Teule, Martine ; Hoffmann, Hans Jürgen ; Rossi-Arnaud, Clelia. / Learning in inbred mice : Strain-specific abilities across three radial maze problems. In: Behavior Genetics. 1993 ; Vol. 23, No. 4. pp. 405-412.
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