The novel object insert base is designed to integrate with the SuperFlex open field to allow the researcher to conduct automated novel object recognition task studies. Low-profile magnetic object podiums (stand-offs) are included, and allow the researcher to securely position the object at one of 173 different, evenly distributed independent locations within the open field.
The 173 available locations were precisely laid out such that they lie between the infrared beams, hence they do not interfere with locomotor tracking.
Objects can be attached to the magnetic podiums via zip-tie, Velcro, or double sided tape, depending on the size of the object and the desired interchangeability.
The vertical sensors, when positioned above the objects, may be used separately to track if/when the subject climbs upon the object.
The Zone Designer within the Fusion software allows for the ability to automate the novel object task. Simply draw corresponding zones around the objects within the open field. An additional zone to cover the empty space may be drawn as well if needed. When the experiment has concluded and the data is ready to export, select the “Zone Export” from the Export Experiment dialogue to see the locomotor activity data for individual zones.