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Psychopharmacologia. 1975 Oct 14;44(1):47-51.

The reliability of the hole-board apparatus.


Two aspects of the reliability of the hole-board apparatus were investigated-the similarity between scores of different samples of the same population on their first exposure to the apparatus, and the test-retest reliability. Rats and mice were given a 5-min exposure to the hole-board and then retested for 5 min after 1, 2 or 8 days. Male rats and mice showed good initial exposure reliability, whereas the female mouse groups differed significantly. All animals showed a positive test-retest correlation (range 0.31-0.78), but a homogeneous group (e.g. all animals habituating) produced higher correlations (range 0.60-0.99). Comparison of scores on the two 5-min exposures showed that not all groups showed significant habituation, but the animals exposed to the hole-board for two 10-min periods showed both significant habituation and test-retest reliability.

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