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University of Alaska Fairbanks

Behavioral Neuroscience: Analyzing Anxiety and Depression

University of Alaska Fairbanks via edX


This online course in behavioral neuroscience focuses on research related to mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression and was developed by University of Alaska Fairbanks faculty member Dr. Abel Bult-Ito. Enrollment in this course gives you access to content that will help you:

  • Obtain competency in research methods using behavioral tests to observe animal behavior and measure anxiety and depression in laboratory mice.

  • Collect behavioral data from mouse videos from compulsive-like, non-compulsive-like, and randomly bred mouse strains; a mouse model of OCD.

  • Establish a foundation in using behavioral tests in laboratory mice to be able to confidently learn how to use new tests.

  • Develop an ability to analyze behavioral data and be proficient in the visualization of these data.

  • Develop an ability to interpret and discuss results in the context of human behavior, and especially psychiatric disorders, and the mouse model of OCD.

  • Obtain a competency in describing key characteristics of anxiety and depression in humans and in animal models.

  • Develop an ability to compare and contrast compulsive-like, anxiety-like, and depression-like behaviors in mice to equivalent conditions in humans.

  • Develop a capability to formulate original research hypotheses.

  • Obtain a competency in describing and discussing how basic research, as performed in this certificate program, contributes to the animal model of OCD and how it may have the potential to contribute to improving healthcare, the human condition and the biological basis of human behavior. This certificate program also will enhance your personal development and your professional development.

  • Learners who join this course should be free of objections to using mice in research.


  • Module 1: Introduction, Anxiety: Background - open field test
  • Module 2: Anxiety: Data Collection and Analysis
  • Module 3: Depression: Background - tail suspension test
  • Module 4: Depression: Data Collection and Analysis
  • Module 5: Interpretation of results

Taught by

Abel Bult-Ito


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