- Integration of motor co-ordination tasks and anxiety-like behavior is important to asses brain injury in rodents that impact performance on both the tasks
- Sweiss et al. (2016) proposed a modified walking beam to achieve the integration of these two tasks
- The modified beam-walking (MBW) apparatus has an added platform to support a darkened safe box
- Safe box made with semicircular opening of approximately 15 cm diameter for easy entry. Painted black to mimic enclosed arms of an Elevated plus maze
- Rat is placed on the end of the beam opposite the safe box to measure motor latency to cross the beam as a motor task performance
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