Our modified beam walking apparatus has been updated based on the 2016 publication of Sweiss et al who created this maze to simultaneously evaluate brain injury on the effect of anxiety and vestibulomotor function.
- 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 a semicircular opening of approximately 15 cm diameter for easy entry. Painted black to mimic enclosed arms of an Elevated plus maze
- The rodent 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
- The length is 100cm for mice and 125cm for rats