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Excellence Strategy "Science of Intelligence": Mouse Lock Box - Are mice considered intelligent?

Funded by: German Research Foundation (DFG)

Funding period: 2019 - 2022

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Aim: Understanding individual intelligent behavior. For this purpose, mice are presented with learning tasks in which a reward (oat flake) is hidden in a locked box. By combining different locking mechanisms, the boxes can be made more difficult. In this way, the mice learn to use already gained experience sequentially and thus to solve complex tasks.

3R Relevance: The developed boxes are suitable as cognitive enrichment in animal care and counteract boredom (refinement).


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