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EthoVision XT is the most widely applied video tracking software that tracks and analyzes the behavior, movement, and activity of any animal.
Why use it?
1. A cost-effective solution for all standard behavioral tests.
2. High-throughput and high-content testing.
3. Suitable for sophisticated test-protocols.
PhenoTyper is an instrumented observation cage to measure and test the behavior of laboratory rodents. Every cage is equipped with a top unit (LED units and a camera) and optionally with other sensor and stimuli devices.
1. Full integration of test environment and video equipment
2. Adaptable to fit your research aims
3. Work with hardware and your animals’ behavior (e.g. operant conditioning)
Track3D is a video-based system for automated tracking of animals in a three-dimensional space.
Why should you use Track3D
1. Record movement of an animal in a test chamber
2. Visualize the resulting trajectory in a three-dimensional image
3. Calculate the number of movement parameters
The Morris water maze task is a popular and well-validated test for spatial learning, and is one of the most-used behavioral tests in neuroscience research with rat and mouse models.
The testing area is a round pool filled with water and a hidden platform is submerged just below the water surface. The rat or mouse learns to escape from the water by locating the platform, in most cases with the help of visual cues.
The elevated plus maze is a well-characterized behavioral paradigm, and is one of the most used tests for anxiety research. The maze contains two open arms and two closed (wall-sheltered) arms and relies upon the animal’s natural tendency to stay in enclosed spaces and unconditioned fear for open spaces and heights. In short, anxious animals will spend more time in the closed arms than less anxious animals.
The radial arm maze is a test for spatial, working, and reference learning and memory in rats and mice and allows for several sophisticated test protocols. For examples, animals might be learning the location of a food reward in one of the arms by relying on cues inside or outside the maze, or memorizing which turns to take from their starting point.
The Barnes maze is a well-known paradigm to study spatial learning and memory. This maze consists of a circular table with circular holes around the circumference. The goal is for the animal to reach the box that is positioned beneath one of the holes with the aid of visual cues. A food reward in the goal box can help the training process. In some experiments the surface of the table is brightly lit, serving as an aversive stimulus that motivates the mouse or rat to find (and hide in) the goal box.
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.
The zero maze is used to test anxiety- and exploration-related behaviors in rats and mice. The elevated zero maze is very similar to the elevated plus maze, but lacks a center square. This removes any ambiguity in the interpretation of the time spent in the maze, but also takes away the availability of an often used starting point during the test. Again, the differences in time spent in the open and closed sections are measured and used as indication of anxiety versus exploration.
The Ugo Basile Set-Up for Learned Helplessness is based on a sophisticated generator of unpredictable random shocks delivered to the grid floor of a rodent box where no escape is possible. Electric shocks can be randomized in terms of shock length, interval and complex trains can be programmed.