Assessing Cognition, Memory, Pain, and Sensorimotor function.
Neurological diseases often result in a combination of motor and cognitive deficits. Thus, behavioral assessments in conjunction with physiological readouts offer a broader understanding of the basic biological mechanism of disease and cognitive impairment, highly relevant to therapeutic developments. The following are behavior assessments that are added to studies.
Spontaneous Behavior Score in Pigs.
Assessment of spontaneous behavior requires observation of the social and individual behavior of pigs in the open pen. The scoring method used is based on a numerical rating scale (NRS) of multifactorial criteria and is modified from the method described by Reyes et al. (2002). The behavior score is divided into two distinct categories: (1) solitary performance and (2) social behavior.