to assess social interaction in mice

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NEW! Compatible with experiments using tethered animals.

The social interaction test by pairs provides a popular and standard paradigm to study general social behavior.

This test allows the experimental subject to freely explore an unfamiliar congener in its home cage or in a neutral environment. Social exploration is measured by the time spent by the experimental subject around the congener as well as the amount and duration of behaviors that compose social interaction (e.g. sniffing, following, grooming, biting, mounting, wrestling, etc). Social avoidance behavior is used in a wide variety of models, for instance for assessing neophobia anxiety and depression-like behaviors.

Our social box provides an ideal experimental environment to conduct social interaction tasks. The box is divided in three interconnected compartments. Sliding doors are available for confining the animal in one specific compartment during the test. Two grid enclosures containing “stranger” animals can be placed in the box allowing a close interaction with the animal tested (as well as protection in case one of them manifests strong aggressive behavior).

Two models are availables for rats and mice. All our model are now compatible with experiments using tethered animals.



Social Interaction Boxes

Light Grey Methacrylate floor, transparent walls.

Box Dimension, Mouse

60 x 42 x 22 (H) cm (24 x 16.5 x 8.7 in)

Box Dimension, Rat

120 x 80 x 40 (H) cm (48 x 31.5 x 15.8 in)

Compartment Dimension, Mouse

20 x 42 x22 (H) cm (8 x 16.5 x 8.7 in)

Compartment Dimension, Rat

40 x 42 x40 (H) cm (15.8 x 16.5 x 15.8 in)

Grid Enclosure, Mouse

Dimensions: 8 (D), 18 (H) cm; Grey Stainless steel grid (3 mm diameter, 7.4 mm spaced); PVC top/bottom.

Grid Enclosure, Rat

Dimensions: 20 (D), 40 (H) cm; Grey Stainless steel grid (3 mm diameter, 11 mm spaced); PVC top/bottom.

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3-Compartments Social Test Box for Mice, Tethered Compatible



Grid Enclosure for Social Test in Mice (includes 1 grid enclosure - 2 of them may be needed for the experiment)



3-Compartments Social Test Box for Rat, Tethered Compatible



Grid Enclosure for Social Test in Rat (includes 1 grid enclosure - 2 of them may be needed for the experiment)






SMART 3.0 video-tracking for the automated evaluation of behavior (see SMART3.0 leaflet for detailed ordering information)

How to order

Please contact our local delegates or contact us directly for receiving a quote.


Key features

  • New! Compatible with tethered animals
  • Removable compartment dividers allow using the box for many behavioral paradigms
  • Material does not retain odors
  • Manual sliding doors
  • Optimized for video-tracking systems with non-reflecting material



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