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T-Maze (spatial working memory)

Description: There are several versions of the T-maze task. The most common version is the “delayed non-match to place” or “delayed alternation”. In this task there are 2 runs per trial. On the first, or sample run, the mouse is placed in the start arm of the T-maze and allowed to enter a goal arm. The mouse is then removed from the maze for a specified delay period. After the delay, the mouse is returned for the choice run, and will typically choose the alternate arm of the T.

Purpose: The delayed alternation version of the T-maze is designed to test spatial working memory and is often used to assess hippocampal and forebrain function.

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