The T-maze is a popular test for the investigation of spatial learning and memory. Often animals are taught to discriminate between the two arms based on visual, olfactory, tactile or even auditory cues during consecutive trials. They are also used for place preference testing. An alternative to the T-maze is the Y-maze.
The T-maze can be as straight-forward or sophisticated as you want it to be. For example, you can add automatic doors and food dispensers and operate them from within EthoVision XT based on timing or animal behavior. It is also available in a wide range of sizes, materials, and colors, 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
A T-maze will always be shaped like a “T” of course, but there are many options and design features to benefit your research. For example, Maze Engineers offers enrichment chambers. Some T-mazes are built from a modular system, like the one from Ugo Basile, which usually means you can also build a Y-maze, radial arm maze, and even plus maze from this system.
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!