Active avoidance is a widely-used paradigm to evaluate fear-motivated associative learning and memory. It evaluates the animal’s ability to avoid an aversive event (foot shock, unconditioned stimulus) by learning to change compartments in response to an auditory and/or visual cue (the conditioned stimulus) that has previously been associated with the shock. Learning performance is evaluated by analysis of escape and avoidance behavior throughout the experiment. Possible applications are research on cognitive deficits and anxiety disorders.
This module of the Multi Conditioning System belongs to the family of “2-compartment paradigms”, operated with a universal software package granting maximal user-friendliness and offering unsurpassed flexibility.