Cognition & Memory

Cognition and memory studies are invaluable in research areas such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s disease. Renowned video tracking software EthoVision® XT is here to help get the most out of neurobehavioral studies in animal models.

Why you should use it

  • A cost-effective solution for all standard behavioral tests.
  • High-throughput and high-content testing.
  • Powerful data selection and analysis tools for insightful results.
  • Video overlays in every step of your experiment: you are in control of your data.

Study cognition and memory in rodents and zebrafish

Processing information and the ability to recall or retrieve that information at a later time are cognitive functions that are widely studied in various areas of neuroscience. Animal models are used to investigate the effects of brain damage, neurological diseases, and novel compounds on cognition.

EthoVision XT is the perfect tool to track animal behavior, activity, and movement. Noldus also offers additional equipment to make full automation of your research possible. We also offer a wide range of standard and custom high quality mazes to create a solution that suits your research.

Study cognition and memory with EthoVision XT
Several paradigms are used to study the effects of genetics, brain injury, or certain compounds on learning and memory in rodents.

Publications with Noldus

EthoVision XT is used in over 10,000 publications. Get your free trial to try it out!


How does EthoVision XT work?

EthoVision XT is a software platform. You can start with Base, which is all you need to perform experiments with one animal (rodent, fish, or any other) in one arena per trial (such as a water maze test). Use different modules, such as social interaction or multiple arenas, to create a solution that fits your research perfectly.


Mazes - Perfect for cognition and memory studies

Complement software with high-quality lab equipment, and automate your cognition and memory tests.


Open field test

Open field

The open field test is a straight-forward test to investigate activity, anxiety-related and exploratory behavior of rodents.
Morris water maze

Morris water maze

The Morris water maze task is a popular and well-validated test for spatial learning: most-used behavioral test in neuroscience research.
Radial arm maze

Radial arm maze

The radial arm maze is test for spatial / working / reference learning and memory in rats and mice, for several sophisticated test protocols.
Barnes maze

Barnes maze

The Barnes maze is a paradigm to study spatial learning and memory. It consists of a circular table with holes around the circumference.
T-maze

T-maze

The T-maze task is an investigation of spatial learning and memory. Subsequently, reversal learning or retention can be investigated.
Y-maze

Y-maze

The Y-maze is, similar to the T-maze, a test to investigate spatial learning and memory. Specifically designed for testing rats or mice.
Cross maze

Cross maze

The aquatic cross maze is a multifunctional maze for zebrafish learning and memory testing, but also for social preference.
Fear conditioning

Fear conditioning

Fear conditioning and other learning tasks in rodents are typical in a wide range of neuropharmacological studies, amongst others.
Sociability test

Sociability test

The sociability cage is designed to test the social behavior or social memory of one individual towards others.
Custom mazes

Custom mazes

Lab requirements might be quite unique. We offer you a wide range of tools, systems, and labs as customized as you need it to be.

Customer testimonial

“EthoVision XT has dramatically improved my ability to incorporate extensive behavioral testing with one group of animals. It reduces the time needed to record and analyze behaviors while allowing for much more extensive analysis of behavior.”

Dr. M. Hyer  |  Virginia Commonwealth University, USA


ErasmusLadder®: Study motor learning and performance in mice

ErasmusLadder is a complete system to assess motor performance and motor learning in mice, consisting of both hardware and software. It is a fast, sensitive, and reliable method which is specifically designed to test cerebellar functioning. Most importantly: it is non-invasive, automated and easy to use. ErasmusLadder is especially interesting for researchers that study the cerebellum, cerebellar disorders, and ataxia (e.g. Parkinson’s models). In addition, it has been proven useful in mouse models of autism.


Perform home cage testing with PhenoTyper®

Testing animals in their home cage has several key advantages: it eliminates stress of new surroundings and allows for longer testing periods, for example. PhenoTyper offers the ideal home cage system to measure and test the behavior of laboratory rodents. Because of the full integration of test environment and video equipment, you will be able to perform automatic testing, even for several days. With the CognitionWall™, you are able to perform operant cognitive tests.


Publications with Noldus

We are celebrating that more than 1,000 PhenoTypers are part of research in labs worldwide!


Prof. Rimondini: "EthoVision XT is for dummies."

Prof. Roberto Rimondini is a neuropsychopharmacologist at the Department of Medical and Clinical Sciences DIMEC, Alma Mater Studiorum Bologna (University of Bologna, Italy). He has been using EthoVision XT video tracking software since its DOS version! He finds it so easy to use, it’s ‘dummy proof’!

Watch the video to learn more about why he chooses Noldus' tools.



Ready to kick start your research?

Want better insights and faster results? Contact us now to learn how we can help you!