Member since: 2016
Organization: McMaster University
Great results. This is the future of rodent behaviour technology.
Application Area: Behaviour analysis in rodents
"This is a great tool for collecting mouse behaviour data on the elevated plus maze. As one of the best behaviour tools for assessing anxiety-like behaviour, the elevated plus maze produces clear, reproducible findings in many domains. Kinder scientific takes this a step further and allows for automated collection of EPM data, eliminating human error and bias in scoring video footage. Zone maps on their software allow for parameters such as two foot or four foot entries to be made, and head dips, poke arounds, etc are all available for scoring. Excellent equipment."
Kinder Scientific’s Elevated Plus Maze has higher resolution and specially created measures that enhance your ability to quantify anxiety. For example, with beams mounted on the edge of the open arms, we capture the animal hanging its head over the edge. Going out on the cliff is one thing, hanging over the edge of it is another! And the Elevated Plus Maze’s high resolution can separate arms into multiple zones. These multiple zones report how far an animal retreats from the intersection into closed arms and how far it dares go into the open arms, a truly unique ability in quantifying the animal’s emotions!
MotorMonitor’s post analysis software provides greater flexibility in analyzing and re-analyzing data based on different parameters. The measure “Pokes Into Zone” was specially designed for the Elevated Plus Maze; it differentiates between an animal’s complete entry into a zone and when it conducts only a small head poke into a zone. The Motor Monitors’ advanced diagnostics uses the exclusive Kinder Scientific 4 level test which runs automatically before each session. Each Elevated Plus Maze operates through a single cable. This makes for an exceptionally clean connection setup by eliminating the “rats nest” of cables of the past! And, the cables are available at your local computer store, providing easy and cost effective replacement! Because of its unique design, it is possible to run 2 more Elevated Plus Mazes simultaneously, thereby increasing throughput! Elevated Plus Maze systems are available in both rat and mouse versions.
Features optional Advanced Graphic Comparators:
HotSpots™ - Acquire instant, graphical comparisons of session results! You no longer need to make assumptions with zone maps! View where animals spend their time, automatically! After you have viewed the HotSpots, you can create a zone map based on actual activity. You can display data from a single enclosure or from an enclosure ensemble, allowing you to visually compare animals or groups.
Playback™ - View the path of an animal from a data document; speed it up if desired. You can overlay a compatible zone map and see activity relative to the areas of interest and set the time-sliding time clocks to view only the period of interest. You can also trace the entire path of the animal and print the results.
OverTime™ - This option allows you to view the changes in activity Over Time. The chart zone metrics (Total Time, Rest Time, Distance, etc.) allow you to view these changes for multiple zones. Seeing how an animal or an ensemble of animals change as time changes allows for establishing baseline expectations as well as displaying a view of the changes that a drug causes over time.