Automated Tube Test

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Overview

The Tube Test is a well-known test paradigm designed to measure (altered) social dominance and investigate social hierarchies in mice (Lindzey et al., 1961). Traditionally, data are collected by human observers. The Automated Tube Test is a novel apparatus that fully automates the validated tube test procedures

How it Works

  1. Training sessions: mice are made familiar with the tube. Watch the video!
  2. Match sessions: two mice are placed in their own start box, walk through the tube, and compete in forcing the other back into its start box. Watch the video!
  3. The number of winning matches is counted for each mouse individually.
  4. Social hierarchy within the experimental group is determined by the number of winning matches per mouse.

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