Behaviour, Mazes, Tracking
Code: 40172 / 40173

Y-Maze for Rats or Mice, optimized for Videotracking

The Y-Maze is widely used to measure preference and spatial memory and  learning tasks in laboratory animals. Animals learn to alternate between arms based on their memory of the previously visited arms or choose an arm based on the reward presented. The simple Y-shape design provides a single choice point with only two alternatives. 

All Animal Mazes manufactured by Ugo Basile are designed to give optimal results with any Video-Tracking software. This is achieved by:

  • high-contrast colors: grey, white, black or the NEW Ugo Basile light-blue
  • non-reflective surface: reflections are a common source of error in animal tracking. Let’s avoid them!

All materials were selected to be sturdy and easy to clean, to construct reliable and durable mazes. Surface texture was selected for best rodent comfort (reasonably rough, “warm” surface).

Two sizes are available, for either mice or rats. The mouse Y-Maze, has a 35cm long arms, 5cm wide and 15cm tall. In the rat model the arms are 50cm long, with a 10cm width and a 20cm height. Different wall heights are available on request

Perspex Walls fit solidly in the slotted metal base, but can be easily and quickly detached for easy cleaning and storage.

An optional  movable door is available, to close one arm when needed.

Additional Info

    High-contrast colors Gives optimal results with any Video-Tracking software
    Non-reflecting surfaceGuarantees optimal camera view and no glare
    Ample color selectionAvailable in grey (standard), blue, white, black, custom color
    Reasonably rough “warm” surface textureSelected for best rodent comfort, non-slippery
    Quality materialsReliable and durable mazes, easy to clean and store
    Physical40172 Rat 40173 Mouse
    Arm Length 50cm35cm
    Wall Height20cm15cm
    Standard colorGrey (RAL GR7001)
    Available colorsBlue, white, black, color on request
    Shipping Weigh15Kg12Kg
    Packing Dimensions105x105x20cm80x60x44cm
    Warranty40172/3 is covered by a 24-month warranty

    In behavioral science, a Y-maze (or the variant T-maze) is a simple maze used in animal cognition experiments. It is shaped like the letter Y (or T), providing the subject, typically a rodent, with a straightforward choice. Y-mazes are used to study how the rodents function with memory and spatial learning through applying various stimuli. The different tasks, such as left-right discrimination and forced alternation, are mainly used with rodents to test reference and working memory.

    In a range of various mazes of differing sizes and many shapes, the T-maze is one of the most simple, consisting of just two turns - right or left. The maze is only able to be altered by blocking one of the two paths.

    40172Y-Maze for Rats
    40173Y-Maze for Mice
    40132-320Movable door (manual) for Rat T-Maze
    40133-320Movable door (manual) for Mouse T-Maze
    60000ANY-maze Software
    47400-040B/W USB Camera, including day&night 2.7-13.5mm varifocal lens, 5m USB cable and ceiling support

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