For operant conditioning and Behavior

Key features
How to order


For  standard operant conditioning and behavioral procedures en small laboratory animals.

The Panlab Operant Chamber is an entirely modular experimental enclosure designed to conduct operant conditioning procedures (e.g. food reinforcement, DMTS, conflict tests, self-administration…). 

The operant chamber is made in an entirely modular structure which allows complete disassembling or rearrangement to build a new space of different dimensions/components or to enable storage in the minimum space.

A frontal door offers a total accessibility inside the chamber. Walls and cover can be of different material or colour, since they are totally removable. 

Each chamber is associated with a Link Box which provides power to up to 8 (expandable depending of the customer configuration) Operant Modules (levers, lights, sound, dispensers, electrical shock...) conferring to the chambers a full autonomy. 

Only one cable connects the Link Box to the PC (PackWin Software), this last for advanced protocol configuration and running.



Base dimensions 440 (W) x 360 (D) x 35 (H) mm
Working area (mouse) 200 (W) x 200 (D) x 250 (H) mm
Working area (rat) 250 (W) x 250 (D) x 250 (H) mm
Material Composition Stainless steel, aluminium and methacrylate
Power Supply 110V/220V, 50/60Hz
Maximum number of stations (when working with PC) 8 stations connected to a PC
Connection of several units to PC No need of PC interfaces!. Direct connection through one cable!
Certifications CE Compliant


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  • Harati H et al. (2011) Attention and memory in aged rats: Impact of lifelong environmental enrichment. Neurobiology of Aging, Volume 32, Issue 4, Pages 718–736 (rat, France)
  • O’Brien ES et al. (2011) Fluoxetine, desipramine, and the dual antidepressant milnacipran reduce alcohol self-administration and/or relapse in dependent rats. Nature, 36:1518-1530. (Ethanol operant self-administration, rat, France).
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How to order





Compact Operant Chamber for Mice includes Pellets Dispenser,

Lever, Light Stimuli, Shock Grid and LINKBOX01HS



Compact Operant Chamber for Mice includes Drop Liquid

Dispenser, Lever, Light Stimuli, Shock Grid and LINKBOX01HS



Compact Operant Chamber for Rats Rat Operant Chamber

includes Pellets Dispenser, Lever, Light Stimuli, Shock Grid and LINKBOX01HS



Compact Operant Chamber for Rats Rat Operant Chamber

includes Drop Liquid Dispenser, Lever, Light Stimuli, Shock Grid and LINKBOX01HS





Modular Operant Chamber - Mice



Modular Operant Chamber  - Rat





Mice Shockable Grid - Mice



Rats Shockable Grid - Rat



Standard gridfloor - Mice



Standard grid floor  - Rat



Shockable grid for mice in LE1005 box





Contact your Area Distributor to get information about the available modules for your Panlab Modular Operant Chamber





Isolation box with fan and light



Sound attenuating Isolation box with fan, light and liner



Basic isolation Box with fan and light


PACKWIN SOFTWARE OPTIONS (for up to 8 chambers; expandable to more)



PackWin software platform for operant behaviour (needs Experimental modules) to the Operant

Chambers (includes a RS232/USB converter)



Customizable experimental Module(fully customizable protocols and data reports)



'5/9 Holes' experimental module for Packwin (standard assistants and data reports for 5-CSRT task procedures)



'Vogel test' experimental module for Packwin(standard assistants and data reports for Pre-test y Test protocols)



Interface unit for 1 operant chamber



Input/output Y-connector for LINKBOX01



2-outputs Y-connector for LINKBOX01



Configuration file updates



Service for protocol configuration


How to order

Please contact our local delegates or contact us directly for receiving a quote.

Key features

  • Entirely modular system
  • Reduced number of cables
  • Possibility of customization
  • Up to 8 stations (or more!) can be connected at once to PC through a single cable


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