Spatial Place Preference Box (Panlab)

Spatial Place Preference  Box (Panlab)

The spatial place preference box is an experimental chamber developed with the aim to optimize place preference and aversion studies in small laboratory animals, especially mice.

  • Allows a multiple combination between the visual, tactile and spatial cues defining each compartment
  • Optimize the differentiation between compartments
  • Minimize initial place preference during pre-test phase
  • Transparent walls to minimize time spent in the corridor
  • Optimize subject detection using a video-tracking system

Item# Description U.S. List Price Quantity
76-0279 (LE897) Spatial Conditioned Place Preference, Rat
76-0278 (LE895) Spatial Conditioned Place Preference, Mouse
76-0441 (LE898) Automated Spatial Place Preference, Rat-Position Detection Weight Cells (needs PPCWIN software)
76-0376 (LE896) Automated Spatial Place Preference, Mouse - Position Detection Weight Cells (needs PPCWIN software)
76-0695 (SMARTBASIC) Smart V3.0 Basic Pack
76-0505 (CAMCOLORNTSC) Camera SONY Color (NTSC) Camera and Lens - Discontinued, contact us for alternative option
76-0277 (CAMROOF) Roof Camera Support
76-0011 (PPCWIN V2.0) Software for Control and Data Analysis (needed for Automated models)
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The Spatial place preference box is an experimental chamber developed with the aim to optimise place preference and aversion studies in small laboratory animals, especially mice. The design of the box is fruit of a close collaboration with eminent Professor Dr. Rafael Maldonado and Dr. Olga Valverde from the Laboratory of Neuropharmacology in Barcelona (Spain).

The apparatus consists in a box with two equally sized compartments interconnected by a rectangular corridor. Originally, the compartments are differentiated by the motifs painted on the walls (dots or stripes) and the colour (different shade of grey tones, light or dark) and texture (smooth or rough) of the floor. The innovation brought by the Panlab box is the possibility to combine a new additional spatial dimension to allow the animal differentiate the different compartments in a more discriminative manner. Transparent walls are also used to minimize the time the animal spent in the corridor.

The introduction of these new discriminative elements allows:
  • Optimising the results obtained in the place preference and aversion paradigms (low variability in the response, reduced number of animals per group...)
  • Organizing the discriminative elements in a wide variety of configurations for studies evaluating spatial or contextual memory
  • Using the elements as discriminative cues associated with drug exposure in diverse other experimental designs.
All the spatial place preference box can be associated with the video-tracking system (SMART software) for detection and analysis of animal position throughout the test.

For the automated models (76-0441/LE898 and 76-0278/LE895), the detection of the position of the animal is provided by the weight transducer technology and PPCWIN software.
Catalog PagesG59G59
Corridor Depth13 cm7 cm
Corridor Height45 cm25 cm
Corridor Width25 cm20 cm
Model NumberLE897LE895
Mouse Cage Depth External 27 cm
Mouse Cage Depth Internal 18 cm
Mouse Cage Height External 25 cm
Mouse Cage Height Internal 25 cm
Mouse Cage Width Internal45 cm20 cm
Mouse Cage Widtht External 46 cm
Rat Cage Depth External88 cm 
Rat Cage Depth Internal40 cm 
Rat Cage Height External47 cm 
Rat Cage Height Internal34 cm 
Rat Cage Width External45 cm 
Related SoftwarePPCWINPPCWIN
TextureOne side of floor is textured, other side is smoothOne side of floor is textured, other side is smooth
Walls Width6 mm6 mm
LE895 & LE897_Spatial place preference box_EN.pdfSpatial Place Preference Box - English
LE895 & LE897_Caja de preferencia de plaza espacial_SP.pdfSpatial Place Preference Box - Spanish