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Virtual Morris Water Maze


virtual pool with shapes on the wall
Description: This test is designed based on a rodent-based protocol for assessing spatial memory in young and older subjects. It is the FIRST virtual water maze that incorporates the cumulative proximity measure (see reference, for details), along with traditional measures of path length/distance and response time/latency. The goal is to find the location of a hidden platform over repeated trials with referral to geometric cues on the walls surrounding the virtual swimming pool. The recording of all motion-related data occurs over the duration of each trial and is recorded in CSV and TXT formats. A schematic overview of paths travelled is recorded at the end of each trial and stored in PNG format.
Population: Adults
Reference: Zhong, J. Y., Magnusson, K. R., Swarts, M. E., Clendinen, C. A., Reynolds, N. C., & Moffat, S. D. (2017). The application of a rodent-based Morris water maze (MWM) protocol to an investigation of age-related differences in human spatial learning. Behavioral Neuroscience, 131(6), 470-482.
Test Location: Please email Jimmy Zhong: jy[dot]zhong[at]gatech[dot]edu