Sociability test

Sociability testing is a more specific study of social behavior and only focuses on the behavior of one animal towards others. There are several variances to this test, all conducted in a three-chambered test apparatus. It could include the study of the animal’s interest in a social stimulus (a conspecific in a wired cage placed in one of the outer chambers), versus a neutral stimulus (an empty wired cage placed in the other outer chamber). 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.

Animal detection

EthoVision XT automatically detects and tracks your animal as it moves around the test arena. There is no need for sensors; EthoVision XT detects multi-colored animals such as hooded rats with ease. Advanced tracking technology and a range of detection methods to choose from will assure you of highly accurate data.

Accurate detection of social contact 

For a precise detection of an animal’s location and position, EthoVision XT detects more than its center point. We have developed a special algorithm for rodents that enables the additional detection of nose point and tail base. This offers great added value to social behavior studies. In a sociability test, the proximity to the wired cage can be narrowed down to the nose point of the test subject, providing more accuracy. 

sociability cage
The sociability cage includes wired cages for stranger and familiar mice. 
tracking in a sociability cage
Example of how and IR backlight can improve contrast. 

Powerful data selection and analysis 

Collecting data is only one step of your research. EthoVision XT also offers versatile data selection, visualization, and analysis tools, to help you perform meaningful interpretation of your data. A wide range of parameters related to the animal’s path, location, and path shape, as well as to individual and social behaviors, is available. 


Read more about the sociability test in behavioral research on our blog.