Passive Avoidance


  • Species-specific shock grid with 10-rod pattern for guaranteed shock delivery
  • Max. 3.1mA, set in steps of 0.025mA


Passive avoidance is a fear-motivated learning task commonly used to evaluate associative learning and memory performance in rodent models of CNS disorders. During the conditioning phase, a dark compartment is associated with an inescapable foot shock. During the subsequent test (retention) phase, the animal can choose to avoid or enter the dark compartment. Latency to refrain from crossing into the punished compartment serves as an index of memory performance.

The passive avoidance module of the Multi Conditioning System belongs to the family of “2-compartment paradigms”, operated with a universal software package granting maximal user-friendliness and offering unsurpassed flexibility.