Basket Test

The Basket test is useful in assessing motor coordination and sensorimotor deficits in rodent models of CNS disorders. An animal is placed in the center of the basket and the basket is inverted. The animal is allowed to climb down the walls of the wire basket into its home cage. The time it takes for the animal to complete the task is scored. This test is used to phenotype strains of transgenic mice and evaluate novel chemical entities for their effect on motor performance.