Free Dyadic Social Interaction Test in Mice

  • Ann-Katrin Kraeuter
  • Paul C. Guest
  • Zoltán SarnyaiEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1916)


Psychiatric disorders affect approximately one quarter of people worldwide at some point in their lifetime. This chapter provides a step-by-step guide to conduct behavioral tests in adult mice for investigations of social behavior, without the need for specific equipment. This test should allow the identification of key abnormalities in social interactions that can be followed up by targeted, more complex, behavioral analysis aimed at identification of new biomarkers and potential drug targets.

Key words

Behaviour Mice Social behavior Social interaction Biomarkers Drug targets 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann-Katrin Kraeuter
    • 1
    • 2
  • Paul C. Guest
    • 3
  • Zoltán Sarnyai
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Laboratory of Psychiatric Neuroscience, Australian Institute of Tropical Health and MedicineJames Cook UniversityTownsvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Discipline of Biomedicine, College of Public Health, Medicine and Veterinary SciencesJames Cook UniversityTownsvilleAustralia
  3. 3.Laboratory of Neuroproteomics, Department of Biochemistry and Tissue Biology, Institute of BiologyUniversity of Campinas (UNICAMP)CampinasBrazil

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