Cognitive and motor function assessments in rodent models of traumatic brain injury

Danielle Scott, Kathryn E. Saatman

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

1 Scopus citations


Cognitive and motor dysfunction is common in people who have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI). These deficits can include memory loss, learning impairment, dizziness, difficulty with balance, and loss of fine motor control and coordination. Cognitive function and vestibulomotor tasks have been widely used in clinically relevant rodent models of experimental TBI to study the relationship of neurobehavioral dysfunction to injury severity, secondary injury mechanisms, or putative therapeutic interventions. Here we describe paradigms for the novel object recognition task, a test of memory, and beam walking and rotarod tasks, tests of coordinated motor function. Key advantages and disadvantages are presented, and potential problems and adaptations of these behavioral tests are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeuromethods
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

ISSN (Print)0893-2336
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6045

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Supported, in part, by NIH R01 NS072302 and Kentucky Spinal Cord and Head Injury Research Trust grants 14-12A and 14-13A.

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018.


  • Beam walking
  • Novel object recognition
  • Rotarod
  • Traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics (all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


Dive into the research topics of 'Cognitive and motor function assessments in rodent models of traumatic brain injury'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this