Various types of mazes
are used to study the learning behaviour of small animals, specially mice.
Medicals P. Ltd. in its effort to contribute their services in the field
of medical research offers various mazes such as rectangular maze,
multiple 'Y' maze or labyrinth maze, 'Y' maze and also elevated plus maze.
The Medicraft Elevated
is simple in design und is user friendly. It consists of four arms in
shape of '+', hence its name, mounted on a stand such that its floor is
well above the working base floor. This induces fear of height in the
The plus arms, so
formed, consist of a central platform, where the mice is initially placed
at the start of the trial.
Two opposite arms open
and the rest two are covered with clear acrylic cover for observation.
Emitters and Sensors along with micro-processor based circuit is used to
display the data on Control unit.
Two pairs of IR Emitter
and sensor employed to monitor complete entry of the animal in each of the
arms, and one set is used for animal detection in the central platform.
The control unit
displays amount of time spent in the open arms and the time spent in
closed arm and the total time of trial on a 16 character 2 line LCD
The arms are made of
M.S. sheet duly painted.