Water maze

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Water maze


The Morris Water Maze paradigm, in which the animal has to learn the position of a submerged platform in a water pool, has become a popular tool for testing spatial learning & memory.

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Water maze

The Morris Water Maze paradigm, in which the animal has to learn the position of a submerged platform in a water pool, has become a popular tool for testing spatial learning & memory.

The TSE water maze package includes a pool, a platform, low-light sensitive camera & lens with mounting device, DVD recorder, PC or notebook with built-in control interface and the video tracking software TSE PhenoTracker or VideoMot2and a remote control.

Quadrants, zones and platform position can be drawn over the image of the pool. When the animal is released tracking is started using a remote control. Data acquisition is stopped automatically when the animal has reached the target or after a set duration has elapsed. Latency to reach the target is the relevant parameter in the training trial. For probe trials the platform is removed and the percentage time spent or swim distance in the target quadrant can be calculated. All calculated parameters can be easily exported for further statistical evaluation.

Key Features

  • Complete hardware & software package based on the TSE video tracking system VideoMot2
  • Space-saving notebook solution
  • Select from a variety of pool sizes & colors, platforms and accessories
  • A detailed analysis protocol is produced by a mouse-click
  • Optional automatic software-controlled Atlantis platform

Neufeld-Cohen A, Tsoory MM, Evans AK, Getselter D, Gil S, Lowry CA, Vale WW, Chen A. A triple urocortin knockout mouse model reveals an essential role for urocortins in stress recovery.
PNAS 2010; 104 (44):19020-19025
InfraMot, Fear Conditioning System, Startle Response, Morris Water Maze, Light / Dark, Open Field
Luuk H, Plaas M, Raud S, Innos J, Sütt S, Lasner H, Abramov U, Kurrikoff K, Köks S, Vasar E
Wfs1-deficient mice display impaired behavioural adaption in stressful environment
Behav Brain Res 2009; 198(2):334-45
Active Avoidance, Passive Avoidance, Tail-Flick, Startle Response, Fear Conditioning System, Morris Water Maze
Bourque SL, Iqbal U, Reynolds JN, Adams MA, Nakatsu K
Perinatal iron deficiency affects locomotor behavior and water maze performance in adult male and female rats
J Nutr 2008; 138:931-7
Miladi Gorji H, Rashidy-Pour A, Fathollahi Y
Effects of morphine dependence on the performance of rats in reference and working versions of the water maze
Physiol Behav 2008; 93:622-7
Car H, Stefaniuk R, Wisniewska RJ
Effect of MPEP in Morris water maze in adult and old rats
Pharmacol Rep 2007; 59:88-93
Hosseinzadeh H, Asl MN, Parvardeh S, Tagi Mansouri SM
The effects of carbenoxolone on spatial learning in the Morris water maze task in rats
Med Sci Monit 2005; 11(3):BR88-94
Stereotaxic Instruments
Rex A, Spychalla M, Fink H
Treatment with reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) improves water maze performance in old Wistar rats
Behav Brain Res 2004; 154:149-53
VideoMot, RotaRod
Bert B, Fink H, Huston JP, Voits M
Fischer 344 and Wistar rats differ in anxiety and habituation but not in water maze performance
Neurobiol Learn Mem 2002; 78:11-22