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Animal
Mouse, Rat
Videotracking
Traditional

Barnes Maze for Rats and Mice - Optimized for Video-Tracking

Product Code:40192/40193
Category: Mazes, Tracking

The Barnes Maze is a valid alternative to the water maze to study spatial learning and memory. The motivational drive is the rodent's instinctive aversion for open spaces and natural preference for dark, "sheltered" spaces.

Reliable and durable. Optimized for use with video tracking software. Available for mice or rats. Easy to set up, easy to clean.

Model
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Background

  • The rodent seeks the small dark recessed chamber located under one of the exposed, escape holes around the perimeter of the open circular platform.
  • Researchers can measure time period to locate the correct hole, number of incorrect holes explored, and exploratory path length.
  • If used as an alternative to the water maze, this maze is generally less stressful, especially mice. It also suits animals unable to perform strenuous activity.

 

Easy to set up, perfect for video tracking

  • Quick and easy to set up. 
  • Engineered by Ugo Basile to optimize video tracking success through our use of high contrast, non-reflective surfaces:
    • Selection of high-contrast colors for optimal motion tracking: grey, white, black, (Ugo Basile) light-blue or custom.
    • Use of non-reflective, anti-glare surface. Reflections and glare are a common source of error in video tracking. We avoid this!
  • The shelter chamber can be easily attached magnetically to a hole and also quickly rotated around the table. (And fast to detach for cleaning.)
  • Removable ramp for easy entry.
  • False/fake shelters (cups or coasters) are available as optional to remove visual cues that might be observed by the animal from a distance or through open holes.
  • Stable and sturdy models for mice or rats. 
  • Maze surface texture is selected for best rodent comfort – anti-slip and “warm” (rather than a smooth or cold surface that rodents find uncomfortable).
  • Custom models can be made on request, such as a special model with interchangeable tables.

Feature

Benefit

High-contrast colors

Gives optimal results with any Video-Tracking software

Non-reflecting surface

Guarantees optimal camera view and no glare

Ample color selection

Available in grey (standard), blue, white, black, custom color

Reasonably rough “warm” surface texture

Selected for best rodent comfort, non-slippery

Quality materials

Reliable and durable mazes, easy to clean and store

 

Physical

Animal

Rat

Mouse

Diameter

130cm

100cm

Number of holes

20

20

Hole diameter

10cm

5cm

Height (from the floor)

60cm

60cm

Shelter

Included. With magnets for easy positioning and removal

Included. With magnets for easy positioning and removal

Standard color

Grey (RAL GR7001)

Grey (RAL GR7001)

Available colors

Blue, white, black, color on request

Blue, white, black, color on request

Weight

35Kg

15Kg

Shipping Weight

46Kg

20Kg

Packing Dimensions

135x135x30cm

114x114x50cm

Warranty

Warranty Barnes Maze is covered by a 12-month warranty + 12 after product registration
UB-Care Additional UB-Care can be added for other 12 or 24 months

 

Carol Barnes developed a maze test for spatial learning and memory in 1979 where animals escaped from a brightly lit, exposed circular open platform surface to a small dark recessed chamber located under one of the holes around the perimeter of the platform. Although it was initially invented for rats, the Barnes maze has become more popular to assess spatial memory in mice, taking advantage of their superior abilities to find and escape through small holes.

Product

40192

Barnes Maze (BM) for Rats, including shelter

40193

Barnes Maze (BM) for Mice, including shelter

Accessories

40192-002

Shelter with magnetic connection, for Barnes Maze, Rats

40192-320

Black Cup for Rat Barnes (fake shelter), 4cm deep, 10cm I.D., with magnets

40193-003

Shelter with magnetic connection, for Barnes Maze, Mice

40193-320

Black Cup for Mouse Barnes (fake shelter), 2cm deep, 5cm I.D., with magnets

Optional

60000

ANY-maze Software

47400-040

B/W USB Camera, including day&night 2.8-12.0mm varifocal lens, 5m USB cable and ceiling support

 

C. Barnes et alia: “Memory Deficits Associated with Senescence: a Neurophysiological and Behavioral Study in the Rat" J Comp Physiol Psychol.93(1):74-104, 1979

B. Sunyer et alia: “Barnes Maze, a Useful Task to Assess Spatial Reference Memory in the Mice” Protocol Exchange: doi:10.1038/nprot.2007.390, 2007

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