The radial arm maze is test for (spatial) learning and memory that allows for several sophisticated test protocols. For examples, animals might be learning the location of a food reward in one of the arms by relying on cues inside or outside the maze, or they might be memorizing which turns to take from their starting point.
Almost all radial arm mazes used in research contain 8 arms, but other versions exist too. There is a wide range of options to adjust the maze, such as doors that can be either manually operated or automatic. In the latter case, EthoVision XT can be used to program and control these doors based on timing or animal behavior. Silent motors for these doors are mounted in such a way that they do not obscure the video image for tracking. Some radial arm mazes are completely modular, allowing you to removed or add arms or goal boxes as you see fit.
At Noldus, we offer a wide range of high-quality radial arm mazes, either custom build to your preferences, or standardized from several suppliers. 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 build 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
The radial arm maze comes in many different versions. Some suppliers have specific design features that might be beneficial for your study. For example, Maze Engineers offers standard modifications for food wells and light cues. Ugo Basile offers a multi-maze system with interchangeable walls for egocentric or allocentric memory studies.
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!