Light/Dark Box Social Interaction Test for Rodents
The Light/Dark Box Social Interaction Test for Rodents is a box developed for testing social interaction amongst rodents to further research in the areas of Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, Cognitive and Behavior, and Social Learning and Memory fields to address social affective disorders (e.g. ADD, ADHD, Autism, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and Schizophrenia etc.).
The Light/Dark Box Social Interaction Test for Rodents ("Light/Dark Box") implements a video tracking system and has the capability of being equipped with infra-red beams to assist the scientist in making more accurate observations of rodent behavior under certain conditions. The Light/Dark Box contains three chambers: a light chamber, dark chamber, and a social zone.
The purpose of this development is to address specific questions and problems that arise in these sciences to overcome the deficiencies in conventional testing mechanisms:
1. How do normal/wild male versus female mice normally approach familiar versus strange mice of either sex;
2. With repeated force-paired choice testing how do normal/wild mice choose between familiar versus novel toys, and how do normal/wild mice choose between familiar versus novel mice;
3. Using video tracking data from a bird’s-eye view to accurately determine the behavior of the “stranger” mice as they must co-engage in order to be considered socialization;
4. Repetition of testing procedures with particular mice so as to confront the “undesirable” pheromone versus toy phenomenon.