Motor Function > Beam Walking Test

Description

This task is an additional method of assessing of motor coordination and is particularly sensitive to cortical injury.  The time required for an animal walk across bridges of different cross sections is recorded.  The number of left and right paw/leg slips (failures) can also be recorded and compared between animals.

Purpose

This test is useful for investigating the effects of stroke, drugs, genetic manipulation, etc., on motor coordination and balance.