Investigate - Object

Overview and Meaning

Investigation of an object is a general investigatory behavior, that is directed to a specific object in the environment. It serves to investigate the local microenvironment.


Investigation, sniffing or whisking, the nose held toward an identifiable stimulus.


Exploration, Variant of Investigate


Food or Environmental


Object investigation may occur in four different postures:

  1. Upright. The mouse rears up on its hind legs.
  2. Oblique. The mouse has its forebody off the floor and it is sitting up, resting on its haunches.
  3. Sideways. The mouse has all four paws on the cage floor.
  4. Investigate - Stretched Attend