In the fully computerized TSE Vogel Test System, drinking behavior of small laboratory animals is initially punished by mild electrical shocks leading to a reduction of water consumption. Drinking responses are then reestablished by drugs with anxiolytic properties.
Animals are tested in home cage environment with a special conductive floor grid and a drinking bottle connected to a shock generator.
The TSE Vogel Test software for Windows allows the definition of a set of control parameters such as the lick/shock ratio and the shock intensity and/or duration.
- Punished drinking test based on conflict behavior
- Evaluation of the ability of anxiolytic drugs to disinhibit behavior usually suppressed by punishment
- Large number of measuring places for high-throughput drug screening
- Software-controlled lick/shock ratio, shock intensity & length
- Automated lick detection
- Anxiety and other behavioral measurements