Spatial Place Preference Box

Spatial Place Preference Box
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For conditioned place preference and aversion in rodents

The Spatial Place Preference Box is an experimental chamber used to optimize place preference and aversion studies in mice and other small animals.

The apparatus consists of two interconnected compartments of equal size. The two compartments are differentiated by visual patterns (dots vs. stripes), color (light vs. dark), or floor texture (smooth vs. rough). The Spatial Place Preference Box allows the researcher to customize the spatial dimensions of each compartment with removable inserts, so that the compartment shape changes while the patterns, colors, and textures remain the same. Transparent walls minimize the time an animal will spend in the corridor.

These new elements provide a number of advantages:

  • Low response variability for optimal results in place preference and aversion tests

  • A wide variety of discriminative elements provide numerous applications for studies evaluating spatial or contextual memory

  • Changeable elements help pinpoint the effects of drug exposure on discriminative cues


  • 1 spatial place preference box,

  • Dark gray reversible floor (one side rough, one side smooth)

  • Light gray reversible floor (one side rough, one side smooth)

  • Dotted three-sided pyramid

  • Striped three-sided pyramid

  • Dotted sliding door

  • Striped Sliding door

  • Two parallelepiped striped triangles

  • Two parallelepiped dotted triangles 

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