Phenotyper (Automated Behavior Testing)
The Phenotyper is an observation system that uses home-cage testing to assess behavioral activity in rodent models of CNS disorders within a controlled environment. The advantages of home-cage testing include minimal handling, long-term recording, and automated analyses that are useful for behavioral and pharmacological testing. The locomotor parameters automatically detected and analyzed while animals are in the cage include: velocity, distance traveled, frequency of visits, and time spent exploring a particular zone. In addition, the Phenotyper can be prepared with various equipment, such as running wheels, spot lights, and shelters. The Phenotyper is a useful tool for phenotyping transgenic animal models and evaluating novel chemical entities for their effects on overall behavior.