The Morris Water Maze paradigm, in which the animal has to learn the position of a submerged platform in a water pool, has become a popular tool for testing spatial learning & memory.
The TSE water maze package includes a pool, a platform, low-light sensitive camera & lens with mounting device, DVD recorder, PC or notebook with built-in control interface and the video tracking software VideoMot2 and a remote control.
Quadrants, zones and platform position can be drawn over the image of the pool. When the animal is released tracking is started using a remote control. Data acquisition is stopped automatically when the animal has reached the target or after a set duration has elapsed. Latency to reach the target is the relevant parameter in the training trial. For probe trials the platform is removed and the percentage time spent or swim distance in the target quadrant can be calculated. All calculated parameters can be easily exported for further statistical evaluation.