Adult vertebrate behavioural aquatic toxicology: reliability and validity

Matthew Parker

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Current advances the ability to assay adult aquatic vertebrate behaviour are potentially very useful to aquatic toxicologists wishing to characterise the effects of pollutants on behaviour, cognition or neurodevelopment. This review considers two specific challenges faced by researchers wishing to exploit these technologies: maximising reliability and validity. It will suggest two behavioural procedures, with the potential for automation and high-throughput implementation, which can be used to measure social cohesion and anxiety, two areas of interest in behavioural aquatic toxicology. In addition, the review will make recommendations about how these procedures (and others) could be carried out to maximise reliability and validity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-329
JournalAquatic Toxicology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


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