Author: Adrian Curtin & Hasan Ayaz
The morris water maze is a behavioral task in which rats will be forced to swim to find a shallow and hidden end point at which to rest on. The task is thought to be sensitive to disorders affecting spatial learning and other related cognitive mechanisms. The task was initially designed by (Morris, 1981) as an alternative to the Radial maze.
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