A Swimming Task Used to Assess Performance of Rats.
Final technical paper. Dec 83-May 84,
SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TX
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The purpose of this experiment was to ascertain the feasibility of using a swimming task as a sensitivity measure of performance. Three task parameters were evaluated rat trainability, mode of data distribution, and task sensitivity. To determine the trainability, 52 rats were trained on the swim task. The trained animals were exposed to ionizing radiation, pyridostigmine, or a combination of both, and then tested on the swim task to determine the task sensitivity. The results of the training showed rats to be easily trained to the task. The training data indicated that the task was essentially a single-trial learning task with a near-normal data distribution. The radiationdrug experiment, however, did not show the task to be a sensitive measure of motor ability. The animals receiving major physiological insults ionizing radiation andor pyridostigmine exposure performed the task as well as controls. Originator - furnished keywords include Behavioral task, Radiation exposure, Pyridostigmine.