The elevated plus maze takes advantage of the rat’s or mouse’s unconditioned fear for open spaces and heights versus their innate tendency to explore. Therefore, it is often used in research on anxiety-like behavior.
Looking for an alternative to the elevated plus maze? Check out the elevated zero maze.
The plus maze has two open and two walled (closed) arms opposite to each other. Other that than, the plus maze is used in several dimensions. At Noldus, we offer high-quality plus mazes, either custom built to your preferences, or standardized. For example, the maze depicted below is easy to disassemble for easy storage and transport (this maze is also available in an near-infrared backlight version).
There is always something to suit your research needs and budget. Of course, all mazes are perfectly suited for video tracking research with EthoVision XT or in-depth behavioral scoring with The Observer XT.
Noldus can always offer a custom maze built to your specifications. In addition we have preferred suppliers such as Maze Engineers and Ugo Basile. Please notice that availability of the mazes from different manufacturers may differ based on your location.
Benefits and design features
Although the basic design of a plus maze is similar across manufacturers, some have specific design features that might be beneficial for your study. For example, the mazes depicted above are easy to disassemble for easy storage and transport. The gantry height is easily adjustable and you have the option for an IR backlight.
To request more information, such as dimensions and options, please contact us. We would be happy to talk to you about which maze would suit your study best!