Sociability cage

The sociability cage designed to test the social behavior or social memory of one individual towards others. Typically, it is a three-chambered cage in which the middle chamber can be used as a neutral starting point, and wired cages in each of the other chambers may hold a conspecific. To study the animal’s interest in a social stimulus, one chamber presents a conspecific while the other remains empty. In a preference  test for social novelty, the two wired cages contain a familiar and an unfamiliar conspecific. A third variation involves testing the social preference for two different, but both unfamiliar conspecifics. In most cases the interest is measured by assessing the time spent in the same chamber or in close proximity to the familiar or unfamiliar other mouse. 

Maze options

The Noldus sociability cage is especially designed for automated video tracking with EthoVision®XT. It is made out of clear acrylic walls and is delivered with a white matted bottom and a dark matted bottom, making the cage suitable for tracking of both light and dark mice. The apparatus also  includes two removable clear acrylic slide doors to prevent access to the side chambers, and two small acrylic cages for the introduction of the stranger mice. A small space between the chambers allows you to slip a piece of paper between the chambers in order to prevent visual contact between the three chambers.

This maze is completely customizable to your research needs. In addition, we offer sociability cages 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.

Sociability on Infrared-backlit unit
Optionally, you can place an infrared-backlit unit under the sociability cage for perfect tracking conditions. 
backlit unit sociability cage
An example of how IR backlight can improve the contrast for video tracking. 


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. 

More information

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!