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Table 2 Pearson correlation coefficients between basal plasma corticosterone and behaviour in the EPM and the FST

From: Effects of early life trauma are dependent on genetic predisposition: a rat study

Basal plasma corticosterone
  Elevated plus maze
  Time in open arms Open arm entries Distance travelled
  r(x,y) p r(x,y) p r(x,y) P
1st minute 0.11 0.377 0.14 0.246 0.29* 0.016
2nd minute -0.06 0.634 0.01 0.935 0.42* 0.0003
3rd minute 0.14 0.250 0.22 0.076 0.27* 0.027
4th minute 0.2 0.112 0.05 0.693 0.35* 0.003
5th minute 0.30* 0.013 0.07 0.600 0.27* 0.026
Total time 0.2 0.112 0.14 0.269 0.39* 0.001
  Forced-swim test
  Time spent immobile Time spent climbing Time spent swimming
  r(x,y) p r(x,y) p r(x,y) P
1st minute -0.27* 0.030 0.30* 0.014 -0.02 0.891
2nd minute -0.36* 0.032 0.11 0.369 0.35* 0.004
3rd minute -0.42* 0.0004 0.01 0.937 0.28* 0.022
4th minute -0.11 0.360 0.16 0.206 0.39* 0.001
5th minute -0.38* 0.002 -0.12 0.317 0.21 0.090
Total time -0.30* 0.014 0.19 0.123 0.37* 0.002
  1. *Basal plasma corticosterone correlated positively with time spent in the open arms in the 5th minute of the EPM, distance travelled in the EPM, time spent climbing in the 1st minute of the FST, and time spent swimming in the FST, while it correlated negatively with time spent immobile in the FST (p < 0.05).