Anxiety-Like Behaviors | Centre Scientific

Studying Anxiety-Like Behaviors

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a mood disorder that is characterized by persistent worry and fear about everyday situations such as work, social interactions, examinations, or different decisions. Other symptoms include irritability, muscle tension, concentration issues, fatigue, restlessness, and difficulty sleeping.

General anxiety is common. However, GAD typically does not go away and the intensity of symptoms can increase over time. The feelings associated with GAD can occur as panic attacks that are intense feelings of distress and terror. Other anxiety disorders include panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and phobia-related disorders (specific or social anxiety).

The risk factors for anxiety are numerous and can be a result of personality traits developed from childhood, emotional or physiological stress, health disorders, or induced by drugs or environmental factors. In neuroscience, anxiety-like behaviors and symptoms can be modeled and investigated in laboratory animals to provide an understanding of the complex nature of mood disorders. Researchers in behavioral neuroscience can identify risk factors involved in the manifestation of anxiety-like behaviors while investigating the neuropathological pathways involved in its development.

At AniLocus, we provide multiple behavioral assays and fully customizable modular animal chambers that can be used to monitor anxiety-like behaviors 24/7 with video recording home cage activity of individually-housed or group-housed animals.

Behavioral assays available at AniLocus:

  • Active/Passive Avoidance
  • Anxiety Defense Test Battery
  • Conditioned Emotional Response
  • Conditioned Taste Aversion
  • Elevated plus Maze (EPM)
  • Elevated Zero-Maze
  • Fear potentiated startle test
  • Free Exploration Test
  • Hole Board

What We Offer

Each assay can be fully customized to your research needs including dimensions, materials (endocrine disrupting/sustainable materials), novel objects, or animal model (rodents, winged-insects, fish, primates, etc.). We provide free estimates for your research needs!

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