The Light/Dark box is largely used to test anxiety-like behavior. The basic parameter is the animal’s  tendency to prefer dark, enclosed areas over light, exposed areas. Time spent light area and its behaviors, are main parameters for assessing anxiolytic effects that may be useful in determining anxiogenic and anxiolytic agents.

Calculate and analyze parameters related to anxiety automatically, such as the time spent in dark zone. Analyze behaviors in relation to Arm, such as the number of entries into light and dark arm.

About VJ Instruments Light/Dark Box

The VJ Instruments Light/Dark Box is manufactured using high end non-reflective material and is available for rat or mouse. It consists of a small (one third) dark compartment and a large (two thirds) illuminated compartment.

The VJ Instruments Light/Dark Box 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 Light/Dark Box.

The rodent is placed in the center of the Box and allowed to freely explore the maze for 5 min. The rodent is observed by a camera mounted above the Light/Dark Box. The camera is connected to a PC where in MazeMazter software is installed. The time spent and frequency of entries into bright chamber is recorded with VJ Instruments MazeMaster software by analyzing the video. These parameters are used for assessing anxiolytic effects that may be useful in determining anxiogenic and anxiolytic agents.

Light/Dark Box SPEC.For MiceFor Rat
Box Height35cm40cm
Dark Chamber Dimension42x20x35(h)cm 48x48x40(h)cm
Light Chamber Dimension42x20x35(h)cm 48x48x40(h)cm
Power 80V/240Vac, 50/60 Hz

Note: VJ Instruments product development is a continuous process so specifications may change without prior notification.

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