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T-Maze (Spontaneous Alternation)

Description: In this task the mouse is placed in the start arm of the T-maze and is allowed to explore one of the two goal arms. The mouse is then returned to the start for the next trial and will typically choose to explore the alternate arm. Since this behavior is not reinforced it is considered “spontaneous”.

Purpose: This task measures exploratory behavior when the intervals between the trials are short, but also serves a spatial memory test when the interval between trials is lengthened.

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