Behaviour, Mazes, Tracking
Code: 46503 / 46553

Sociability Apparatus (3-chambered social test) - mouse or rat versions available!

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 the subject 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 or rat. A second stranger is then introduced in the box within its enclosure and the preference for the new  mouse/rat be easily assessed.

The stranger cage construction, allows the animmals to interact closely; the standard enclosures for mice 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. In the Rat version, the enclosures are 25cm tall, with an I.D. of 15cm; a cone-shaped lid disencourages the free rat to climb over the stranger cage. 

The 46553 Mouse Cage 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.

Dimensions of the 46502 and 46552 Rat Cage are 120x80x40(h)cm, hence each of the three compartments is 40x80cm.

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

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

Additional Info

    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)

    Bibliography on 46503

    • 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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