Object Burying Test for Assessment of Obsessive Compulsive Behaviors in Mice

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Abstract

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can occur in several psychiatric illnesses such as autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and it is more prevalent in children. This condition is characterized by repeated and apparently meaningless behaviors such as frequent hand washing, counting, tapping, and rocking. This can disrupt normal socialization and in some cases lead to self-harm. Therefore there is interest in developing more effective therapies for individuals suffering from these conditions. This chapter describes how to conduct the mouse marble burying test as a sensitive measure of compulsive behaviors.

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Kraeuter, A. K., Guest, P. C., & Sarnyai, Z. (2019). Object Burying Test for Assessment of Obsessive Compulsive Behaviors in Mice. In Methods in Molecular Biology (Vol. 1916, pp. 81–85). Humana Press Inc. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-8994-2_6

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