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Magnetic compass orientation in C57BL/6 mice

  • Rachel Muheim
  • Nicole M Edgar
  • Kelly S Sloan
  • John B Phillips
Publishing year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 366-373
Publication/Series: Learning & Behavior
Volume: 34
Issue: 4
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: The Psychonomic Society

Abstract english

We report evidence for a robust magnetic compass response in C57BL/6J mice. Mice were trained to build their nests in one of four magnetic directions by creating a light gradient along the long axis of a rectangular cage and positioning a nest box at the opposite (dark) end. The mice were then tested

overnight in a circular, visually symmetrical arena in one of four magnetic field alignments. The positions of the nests built in the test arena showed strong unimodal orientation in the magnetic direction coinciding with the dark end of the training cage.


  • Zoology


  • ISSN: 1543-4508
Rachel Muheim
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