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Curr Protoc Neurosci. 2012 Jul;Chapter 8:Unit 8.29. doi: 10.1002/0471142301.ns0829s60.

Methods for studying habitual behavior in mice.

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Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA.

Abstract

Habit formation refers to the process by which goal-directed behavior becomes automatized and less sensitive to changes in the value of the goal. It has clear relevance for our understanding of skill learning and addiction. Recent studies have begun to reveal the neural substrates underlying this process. This unit summarizes what is known about the experimental methods used, and provides a protocol for generating and assessing habit formation in mice.

PMID:
22752897
PMCID:
PMC3408711
DOI:
10.1002/0471142301.ns0829s60
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