Fan Maze – 5-arm Maze

The Fan Maze (or 5-Arm maze) has been used to conduct a delayed-matching spatial working memory protocol.

Fan Maze

This apparatus is composed of:

  • a small rectangular starting box. A transparent sliding door limits the access of this starting box to…
  • a wide circular arena, giving access to…
  • 5 identical symmetrical compartments. These trapezoidal-shaped compartments radiate in a sunburst fashion from the central platform.


The position of the starting box offers the mouse a symmetrical view of the five arms, access to which is afforded by square apertures cut into the perimeter wall of the central platform and which can be closed individually by vertically opaque sliding doors. Each arm is equipped at its distal extremity with a circular food cup.


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