The Open-Field Test: a critical review

Author: Walsh, R.N.; Cummins, R.A.

Description: Examines the use in the literature of the open-field test, especially with regard to the development of a standard form. The various procedures and their shortcomings are discussed, with particular reference to the seemingly inconsequential details which have been shown to modulate open-field performance per se. Dependent parameters are considered both with regard to their reliability and their validity for the measurement of such underlying constructs as emotionality.

Subject headings: Animal Experimentation; Animals; Behavior, Animal/physiology; Emotions/physiology; Ethology/instrumentation/methods/statistics & numerical data; Exploratory Behavior/physiology; Housing, Animal; Locomotion/physiology; Motor Activity/physiology; Rats; Rats, Wistar; Research Design

Publication year: 1976

Journal or book title: Psychological Bulletin

Volume: 83

Issue: 3

Pages: 482-504

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Type: Journal Article

Serial number: 354