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Virtual reality systems for rodents

Curr Zool 63: 109-119. doi: 10.1093/cz/zow070. Published: 30 June 2016

Authors/Editors: Thurley K
Ayaz A
Publication Date: 2017
Type of Publication: Journal Articles 2010 - 2019


Over the last decade virtual reality (VR) setups for rodents have been developed and utilized to investigate the neural foundations of behavior. Such VR systems became very popular since they allow the use of state-of-the-art techniques to measure neural activity in behaving rodents that cannot be easily used with classical behavior setups. Here, we provide an overview of rodent VR technologies and review recent results from related research. We discuss commonalities and differences as well as merits and issues of different approaches. A special focus is given to experimental (behavioral) paradigms in use. Finally we comment on possible use cases that may further exploit the potential of VR in rodent research and hence inspire future studies.

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