The tube dominance test is a behavioral test used to assess social dominance in small animals such as rats and mice. The test is based on the assumption that dominant animals will be more likely to displace a subordinate animal in a confined space.
The tube dominance test apparatus typically consists of a clear tube, with a diameter slightly larger than the animal being tested, that is placed in the cage of the animal. The animal is placed at one end of the tube, and a second animal is placed at the opposite end of the tube. The behavior of the animals is observed and recorded, and the amount of time each animal spends in the tube is used to determine which animal is dominant.
The tube dominance test is widely used in neuroscience research to study the effects of drugs, chemicals, or other manipulations on social behavior and dominance in animals. It is a simple, non-invasive, and inexpensive way to assess dominance relationships in animal populations.
This apparatus includes easy-to-use clear doors to allow the start and stop of testing and a customizable optogenetic slot at the stop for use and free movement for subjects using cannulas, and head- and skull-mounted equipment. Sizing is available for mice and rats please inquire about custom sizing.
We recommend cleaning the apparatus with unscented soap and water.