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Sociability Apparatus (3-chambered social test) Sociability Apparatus (3-chambered social test)

The new Ugo Basile Sociability Cage (3-chambered social test) is a valuable tool to study social behaviour in mice. It is especially useful for research on autism disease, parental behaviour, sociability and social memory (social novelty).

Our Sociability Apparatus consists of a 3-chambered cage, with grey opaque walls, a special non-reflective grey-colored floor and 2 grid enclosures.

Many authors have shown that a 3 chambered box can be used to test, among the others:

  • Social Novelty Preference
  • Sociability
  • Dominance
  • Mum-Pup interaction

After a period of habituation a mouse sociability is determined by measuring the time spent by the freely-moving subject in the proximity of the grid enclosures containing the first ‘stranger’ mouse. A second ‘stranger’ mouse is then introduced in the box and the preference for the new ‘stranger’ mouse can be easily assessed.

The stranger cage construction, allows mice to interact closely; the standard enclosures are 15cm tall with an I.D. of 7cm: a larger model is also available, I.D. 10.5cm, 18.5cm tall). The top and the bottom are made of grey (46503- 003) or white (46503-013) PVC. The grid bars have a diameter of 3mm and are spaced 7mm.

The 46553 perimetral walls and internal partitions of grey opaque PVC form a 3 compartment box, each 20x40x22(h)cm; two sliding doors (5x8(h)cm), opening on the central compartment, can be closed to confine the animal. Model 46503 with transparent walls is also available: the clear Perspex is ideal for visual observation of the experiment or for side positioning of the video-camera.

Partitions can be easily removed for cleaning (or replaced with transparent ones, if preferred). Transparent lids 46503-320 can be ordered as optional.

    FEATURE BENEFIT
    Grey floor Gives high contrast with both light and dark animals
    Metal bottom with special coating Gives a slightly rough surface, pleasant for the animals to walk on, and it’s easy to clean
    Grid enclosures Maximize animal interaction and are available in different sizes/colors
    Designed for Videotracking Works even with the most basic video-tracking software
    Transparent or opaque walls and partitions Choose the best option for your experimental needs!
    Physical Mouse Cage Rat Cage
    Dimensions 60x40x22(h)cm - external cage 120x80x40(h)cm - external cage
    Dimensions I.D. 7cm, height 15cm – stranger cage (other sizes available) I.D. 15cm, height 25cm – stranger cage (other sizes available)
    Weight 9Kg 18Kg
    Shipping Weight 12Kg 24Kg
    Packing Dimensions 67x42x53cm pallet
    Warranty 46503 is covered by a 24-month warranty 46502 is covered by a 24-month warranty

    Research has shown that, although human social behavior is generally more complex, humans and animals share some aspects of social behavior.

    The 3-chambered test is a valuable tool to assess general sociability and interest in social novelty in rodent models of CNS disorders.

    Rodents normally prefer to spend time with another rodent (sociability) and will investigate a novel intruder more than a familiar one (social novelty). 

    Based on these inclinations, the Three Chamber Test can help identify rodents with deficits in sociability and/or social novelty.

    46503 Mouse Cage for 3-Cage Sociability Test, with transparent walls and internal partitions. Including 2 grid cages (grey, I.D. 7cm, height 15cm)
    46513 Mouse Cage for 3-Cage Sociability Test, with transparent walls and internal partitions. Including 2 grid cages (white, I.D. 7cm, height 15cm)
    46553 Mouse Cage for 3-Cage Sociability Test, with grey opaque walls and internal partitions. Including 2 grid cages (grey, I.D. 7cm, height 15cm)
    46503-003 Grid Cage (stranger cage), grey, I.D. 7cm, height 15cm
    46503-005 Grid Cage (stranger cage), grey, I.D. 10.5cm, height 18.5cm
    46503-013 Grid Cage (stranger cage), white, I.D. 7cm, height 15cm
    46503-015 Grid Cage for (stranger cage), white, I.D. 10.5cm, height 18.5cm
    46502 Rat Cage for 3-chamber Sociability Test, with transparent walls, partitions, and lids. 120x80x40(h)cm, with 2 grid cages (grey, I.D. 15 cm, height 25 cm)
    46553 Rat Cage for 3-chamber Sociability Test, with opaque walls and partitions, and transparent lids. 120x80x40(h)cm, with 2 grid cages (grey, I.D. 15 cm, height 25 cm)

    See Additional Bibliography

    • S.S. Moy et alia: “Sociability and Preference for Social Novelty in Five Inbred Strains: an Approach to Assess Autistic-Like Behavior in Mice” Genes, Brain and Behavior 3(5):287-302, 2004
    • J.J. Nadler et alia: “Automated Apparatus for Quantita­tion of Social Approach Behaviors in Mice”. Genes, Brain and Behavior 3(5): 303–314, 2004.

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