Testing in a

T-maze


The T-maze task is an investigation of spatial learning and memory. Subjects are often taught to discriminate between the two arms based on visual, olfactory, tactile or even auditory cues during consecutive trials. Subsequently, reversal learning or retention can be investigated. Alternatively the T-maze is sometimes used for place preference testing. The T-maze is similar to the Y-maze

 


High quality mazes

The Noldus T-maze is specifically designed for working with rats or mice. Our standard design is made from grey non-reflective material, and is ideal for video tracking with EthoVision XT and is easy to clean. It also comes with three partitions so you can easily section off each arm.

We also offer a specific T-maze (cross maze) for zebrafish studies.

 
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Made for you

The maze can be easily adjusted or built to your specifications. For example, you can choose a different color, a longer start arm, or add an IR backlight. All mazes are available in a cost-efficient package deal including a computer and a full EthoVision XT software license for video tracking. This license can also be used for the video tracking and automation of other behavioral tests.

 
 


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Video tracking

Performing your T-maze test with EthoVision XT video tracking allows you to easily get parameters like latency to enter the correct arm, number of transitions into each arm, time spent in each arm, and more. Using all three body points (nose, center, and tail base), you can acquire very accurate data.

 


Automation options

EthoVision XT has the ability to control hardware. For example, you can use automated doors that will open and close at set time points or based on the animal's behavior.

 
 


Alternative suppliers

Noldus mazes can be standard or custom build to your specifications, and are optimally suited for video tracking with EthoVision XT, and available in a package deal. Alternatively, we also offer mazes from several suppliers such as Ugo Basile and Maze Engineers (availability may depend on your location).

 


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