Mouse Behavioral Phenotyping Services & Pricing

The core is currently equipped to test a variety of behaviors in mice, ranging from anxiety to sociability. These include social interaction, social novelty, social communication, general activity (including repetitive behaviors), anxiety (elevated-plus maze, open-field chamber, and dark/light box exploration), depression (force-swim test and tail-suspension test), cognitive task (novel object recognition, Y-maze, Pavlovian fear conditioning, etc), startle response (acoustic- or shock-induced), sucrose preference (anhedonia test), and others. All of the tests proposed have been reviewed and approved by the MUSC IACUC and are currently being used in Dr. Christopher Cowan’s laboratory to study different neurological disorders, including autism, drug addiction, and anxiety/depression.

Please consult with Rachel D. Penrod-Martin ( regarding experimental design, feasibility, and expected outcomes of proposed behavior test, as well as to reserve equipment and schedule training.

Fee Structure

Studies & Data Analysis by Staff $60 per hour
Use of Equipment/Room $20 per hour
Training By Staff $60 per hour
Contracted Studies $90 per hour
Contracted Studies $120 per hour


A visualization of the service processConsult Meeting

Develop experimental design with the core director

Design Write-up

Prepare written summary of assays, including literature and statistics

Training and/or Service

Core trains investigator lab members and/or provides technician to complete experiments

Final Data and Follow-up

Core aids in data visualization and analysis, summary information for manuscript preparation

Behavior Tests Available


  • Detailed Locomotor Activity
  • General Locomotor Activity


  • 3-chamber Social Interaction Test
  • Open Field Social Interaction Test
  • Conditioned Place Preference
  • Juvenile Vocalizations (USVs) - distress
  • Adult Vocalizations (USVs) - social


  • Pavlovian Fear Conditioning
  • Contextual Fear Conditioning
  • Fear Potentiated Startle
  • Y-maze
  • Barnes Maze
  • Novel Object Recognition (NOR)


  • Elevated Plus Maze (EPM)
  • Elevated O-Maze (EOM)
  • Marble Burying
  • Dark/Light Box Exploration
  • Open Field Test


  • Forced-Swim Test
  • Tail-Suspension Test
  • Sucrose Preference

Sensorimotor Analysis

  • Pre-Pulse Inhibition (PPI)
  • Shock Sensitivity
  • Acoustic Startle