passive avoidance test

German: passiver Vermeidungstest
Japanese: 受動的回避行動テスト

Behavioral sciences. A test to investigate long-term memory in mice and rats. An animal is placed in an apparatus with a light box and a dark box connected. It moves into the dark box when placed in the light box because mice and rats prefer a dark place. When an animal is given an electric shock through the floor of the dark box, it hesitates to move into the dark box. The time before entering the dark box is measured.

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