The Tube Test is a well-known test paradigm designed to measure
(altered) social dominance and investigate social hierarchies in mice
(Lindzey et al., 1961). Traditionally, data are collected by human
observers. The Automated Tube Test is a novel apparatus that fully
automates the validated tube test procedures
How it Works
- Training sessions: mice are made familiar with the tube. Watch the video!
sessions: two mice are placed in their own start box, walk through the
tube, and compete in forcing the other back into its start box. Watch the video!
- The number of winning matches is counted for each mouse individually.
- Social hierarchy within the experimental group is determined by the number of winning matches per mouse.