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Automation of the Barnes maze requires reliable head tracking, an ability to cope with moveable zones and an easy way to end the test when the animal 'escapes'

ANY-maze fulfils all of these requirements and more - you'll find full details on the Benefits tab below.
On the other tabs you'll find videos of Barnes maze tests, recommended equipment and a list of results that are especially useful in this test.

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Head tracking

If you're interested in determining how much the animal investigates the holes in the Barnes maze, then reliable head tracking is vital as the animal will typically only put its head into the hole.
The video on the left shows this in action, with ANY-maze accurately determining exactly when the animal is exploring the holes.


Moveable zones

It's common to position the escape hole in the Barnes maze in different locations for different animals. In ANY-maze it’s easy to create moveable zones together with a list of the different locations they can adopt - see the image on the right.
Once the escape hole is set up, you just have to tell ANY-maze where it's located for each animal and the system will automatically take the location into consideration when calculating results.


Ending the test when the animal 'escapes'

When the animal enters the escape hole it will disappear from the camera's view. In ANY-maze you can define a hidden zone, which is where the software will consider the animal to be if it can't find it anywhere else. So, to end the test when the animal escapes, you simply need to tell ANY-maze to wait until the animal enters this hidden zone - as the procedure on the left does.


Viewing the animal's track

ANY-maze can plot the track the animal's head took around the maze, which provides a great visual tool for both confirming the holes visited and for contrasting the behaviour of different animals.


Running multiple tests simultaneously

Running multiple Barnes mazes simultaneously is a great way to speed up the throughput in an experiment.

  • Setting up multiple mazes is hardly any more work than setting up one, as most settings are automatically applied across all the apparatus.
  • Tests in all the apparatus can be run independently, or you can control them together if you prefer.