The eight-arm Radial Arm Maze (Radial Water Maze) was designed over 40 years ago and remains a staple in the battery of spatial learning and memory tests used to assess hippocampal function in rodents (Olton & Samuelson, 1976). It is a classical maze for the assessment of spatial learning and memory in rodents, winged insects (honey bees/bumblebees), fish, birds and other animals.
It consists of eight arms equidistantly spaced away from one another.
The arms are 57cm x 10cm x 23cm (l x w x h) while the central platform is a diameter of 30cm.
Guillotine doors are used to section off choice arms.
Our Radial Mazes can be enclosed (covered with a top) or elevated at least 70 cm off the floor.
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