Effects of infrasound on the Rota-Rod Treadmill performance of rats

  • KŌtarŌ Yamamura
  • Reiko Kishi


The present study was designed to evaluate the effects of infrasound on behavioral performance in rats. The rats were divided into two groups, one selected for good performance (six rats: superior group) and the other for poor performance (six rats: inferior group) on the Rota-Rod Treadmill.

Exposure conditions were as follows:

Exp. 1 Control (150 min), Exp. 2 Exposure to infrasound with a main frequency of 16 Hz and a sound pressure level of 105 dB (S.P.L.) (70 min), Exp. 3 Exposure to infrasound with a main frequency of 16 Hz and a sound pressure level of 95 dB (S.P.L.) (70 min), Exp. 4 Exposure to infrasound with a main frequency of 16 Hz and a sound pressure level of 85 dB (S.P.L.) (150 min), Exp. 5 Exposure to infrasound with a main frequency of 16 Hz and a sound pressure level of 75 dB (S.P.L.) (150 min), Exp. 6 Exposure to Pink Noise of 72 dB (A) (70 min).

Comparison of the pre-exposure endurance time (Maximum: 2 min) on the Rota-Rod Treadmill with endurance after exposure to infrasound showed that the endurance time of the superior group after exposure to 16 Hz, 105 dB was not reduced. The endurance of the inferior group was reduced by exposure to 16 Hz, 105 dB after 10 min, to 16 Hz, 95 dB after 70 min, and to 16 Hz, 85 dB after 150 min.

Key words

Infrasound Rota-Rod-Treadmill Endurance time 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • KŌtarŌ Yamamura
    • 1
  • Reiko Kishi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Public HealthSapporo Medical CollegeSapporoJapan

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