Evidence for social cooperation in rodents by automated maze

Avi Avital, Shlomit Aga-Mizrachi, Salman Zubedat

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Social cooperation is defined as a joint action for mutual benefit that depends on the individual and the counterparts' behaviors. To gain valid evidence for social cooperation behavior we conducted a series of experiments in our suggested fully automated non-conditioned maze and depicted three major findings: (i) During 18 days of training the rats showed a progressive social learning curve as well as latent social learning; (ii) Examining the perceptual communication between the cooperating partners, we found a correlation between the available perceptual modalities and the social cooperation performance; and (iii) Investigating contextual learning as a competing process to the social cooperation, we found that additional contextual cues impaired the social cooperation performance. In conclusion, our suggested automated cooperation maze is designed to further our understanding of social cooperation under normal conditions, such as decision-making, and to examine the neural basis of social cooperation. A variety of neuropsychiatric disorders are characterized by disruptions in social behavior and social cognition, including depression, autism spectrum disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and schizophrenia. Thus, on the pathological end, our maze for social cooperation evaluation can contribute significantly to the investigation of a wide range of social cooperation impairments in a rodent model.

Original languageEnglish
Article number29517
JournalScientific Reports
StatePublished - 5 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


Dive into the research topics of 'Evidence for social cooperation in rodents by automated maze'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this