Light/Dark Box

Light/Dark Box

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The Light/Dark Box is a characteristic tool used in the assessment of anxiety: the apparatus consists of a simple chamber divided into a dark and a light compartment. Rodents prefer darker areas over light areas: however when presented in a novel environment, rodents have a tendency to explore.

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Light/Dark Box

Our Light/Dark cage allows to carry out the Light/Dark Conflict Test conveniently.

The Light/Dark Box is a characteristic tool used in the assessment of anxiety: the apparatus consists of a simple chamber divided into a dark and a light compartment. Rodents prefer darker areas over light areas: however when presented in a novel environment, rodents have a tendency to explore. These two conflicting emotions lead to observable anxiety-like symptoms.

Mice are allowed to move freely between the two chambers. The number of entries into the bright chamber, the duration of time spent there and the related exploratory behaviors, detected via a videotracking system, are reliable parameters for assessing anxiolytic effects that may be useful in identifying and/or screening of anxiolytic and anxiogenic agents.

The cage is available for Mice or Rats; standard model has transparent walls on the lit compartment, but an optional model with opaque white walls is also available.

Light is not included

  • M. Bourin and M. Hascoët: “The Mouse Light/Dark Box Test” J Vis Exp. 463(1): 55-65, 2003
  • K. Takao and T. Miyakawa: “Light/dark Transition Test for Mice” JoVE 1: e104-e104, 2006

 

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