Animal models of post-traumatic stress disorder

Hagit Cohen, Michael A. Matar, Zohar Joseph

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Animal behavioral studies have commonly regarded the entire group of animals subjected to the study conditions as homogeneous, disregarding individual differences in response patterns. The following discussion will focus on a method of analyzing data that aims to model clinical diagnostic criteria applied to individual patterns of response using data from behavioral measures, and employing cut-off scores to distinguish between extremes of response versus non-response and the sizeable proportion of study subjects in-between them. This protocol unit will present the concept of the model and its background, provide detailed protocols for each of its components, and present a selection of studies employing and examining the model, alongside the underlying translational rationale of each.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9.45
JournalCurrent Protocols in Neuroscience
Issue numberSUPPL.64
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Acoustic startle response
  • Animal model
  • Anxiety
  • Cut-off behavioral criteria
  • Elevated plus-maze
  • Freezing
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Resilience
  • Vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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