The Elevated Plus Maze test is a simple method to assess anxiety-like behaviors in rodents. The maze consists of a plus-shaped apparatus with two open arms that have no wall and two closed arms that have surrounding walls kept on a stand whose height is around 60cm. Anxious animals try to stay in closed arms because of unconditioned fear of high and open spaces.


Calculate a range of anxiety-related parameters, such as Time spent in open arm and close arm, Number of entry in open arm & close arm and total entries, Time spent in the open arms and closed arm. Elevated plus maze separately measure time spent on the central platform.

About VJ Instruments Elevated plus maze

The VJ Instruments Elevated plus maze is manufactured using high end non-reflective material and is available for rat or mouse. Maze is available in any custom color.

The Elevated plus maze comes in as a part of the whole package that includes a Licensed MazeMaster video tracking software, camera with accessories like cables fixing, IR lights, Light fixtures and a PC. Same package can be used to perform tests on a variety of other mazes manufactured by VJ Instruments like radial maze, T-Maze, Y-Maze, Morriswater maze, Barne maze, Elevated Zero Maze, Open field maze etc.

The VJ Instruments provides a complete solution to track the rodents in Elevated plus maze.

The rodent is placed in the center of the maze facing towards the open arm and allowed to freely explore the maze for 5 min.The rodent is observed by a camera mounted above the open field maze. The camera is connected to a PC where in MazeMazter software is installed. The time spent and frequency of entries into open and closed arms is recorded with VJ Instruments MazeMaster software by analyzing the video. Other parameters that are recorded by the software are Latency to first arm, total time spent, distance traveled in open and close arms,total distance traveled etc.

Open/Closed Arm Length35cm50cm
Open Arm Width5cm10cm
Closed Arm Wall Height15cm20cm
Height (from the floor)40cm50cm
Standard colorBlack
Other color optionsWhite, Grey, Color as per choice on order
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