Sociability Apparatus

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Ideal for the investigation of:

• Autism

• Maternal Behavior

• Dominance

• Social Memory

• Sociability

Resistance to reverse a learned pattern of behavior

The Sociability Apparatus is used to assess social interaction and conditions thereof. The threechambered apparatus includes two gray “stranger” enclosures with wide grid bars to promote interaction, and a non-reflective gray floor to maximize contrast, for video tracking purposes.

Ugo Basile's Sociability Apparatus (3-Chambered Social Test) is most often used to assess Autistic-like behaviors. Shortly after a period of habituation a mouse’s sociability is determined by evaluating the amount of time the test mouse spends approaching a wire cage containing an unfamiliar ‘stranger’ mouse.

In the second phase of testing a second unfamiliar mouse is introduced into the Sociability Apparatus. The preference for social novelty is then determined by measuring the amount of time the test mouse spends approaching the chamber containing a new, unfamiliar ‘stranger’ mouse (also restricted to a small wire cage), as compared to time spent in the chamber containing the now-familiar mouse. Resistance to change is measured by two “reversal learning” tasks.

Testing in the Sociability Apparatus can be completely automated by the ANY-maze software system.

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Main Enclosure (divided into 3 compartments, each 20cm)    60 x 40 x 22(h) cm

Door Dimension                                      5 x 8cm

Stranger Enclosure Diameter                 7cm

Height                                                     15cm

Bar Diameter                                           3mm

Bars Spacing                                           7mm