Title

Cognitive translation using the rodent touchscreen testing approach

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2016

Journal

Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences

Volume

28

First Page

423

Last Page

447

URL with Digital Object Identifier

10.1007/7854_2015_5007

Abstract

The development of novel therapeutic avenues for the treatment of cognitive deficits in psychiatric and neurodegenerative disease is of high importance, yet progress in this field has been slow. One reason for this lack of success may lie in discrepancies between how cognitive functions are assessed in experimental animals and humans. In an attempt to bridge this translational gap, the rodent touchscreen testing platform is suggested as a translational tool. Specific examples of successful cross-species translation are discussed focusing on paired associate learning (PAL), the 5-choice serial reaction time task (5-CSRTT), the rodent continuous performance task (rCPT) and reversal learning. With ongoing research assessing the neurocognitive validity of tasks, the touchscreen approach is likely to become increasingly prevalent in translational cognitive research.

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