This test was developed by Richard Morris therefore it is referred to as “the Morris watermaze”. Water Maze is one of the most widely used methods to assess spatial and learning memory. The  Water Maze tank is filled with water and equipped with a platform which acts  as a means of escape for animals. During testing, animals learn the location of the platform using spatial cues.

The Morris Water Maze is a behavioral procedure designed to test spatial learning & memory.


Morris Water Maze is most widely used to assess spatial and learning memory. Automatic calculation and analyze of parameters is done by software. Time spent in each quadrant, trajectory, latency to climb on platform is automatically recorded by software.

About VJ Instruments Morris Watermaze

The VJ Instruments Morris watermaze is manufactured using high end material and stands on a support with 4 wheels for easy movement. Maze is available in any custom color. Clear Plexiglass platform is provided with Morris watermaze.

The Morris watermaze 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, Plus maze, Barne maze, Elevated Zero Maze, Open Filed maze etc.

The VJ Instruments provides a complete solution to track the rodents in Morris Watermaze.

The main aim of the Morris WaterMaze test is to measure how fast the animal locates the platform, and how this behavior improves over a period of time. A hidden platform is placed about 1cm below the water surface. The subject is monitored by VJ Instrument’s MazeMaster video tracking application through a camera that is fixed directly above the water maze. MazeMaster software analyzes the video and parameters like escape latency, thigmotaxis duration, distance travelled, time spent are recorded by it. The trajectory of the movement is provided by MazeMaster software which helps to analyze movement of the rodent.

Standard colorBlack
Other color optionsWhite, Grey, Color as per choice on order
PlatformHeight adjustable platform is provided with watermaze.
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