The visible platform task for rodents

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This protocol provides the information necessary to experimentally test rodents on the visible platform task, which assesses competence to perform a water escape task. Apparatus setup, step-by-step test procedures, and performance quantification procedures are specified, detailed, and discussed. Examples of peer-reviewed published research literature using these procedures are also provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Maze Book
Subtitle of host publicationTheories, Practice, and Protocols for Testing Rodent Cognition
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781493921591
ISBN (Print)9781493921584
StatePublished - Mar 10 2015


  • Animal model
  • Control task
  • Learning
  • Maze
  • Memory
  • Mouse
  • Performance
  • Rat
  • Rodent
  • Swim ability
  • Testing procedures
  • Visible platform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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