Table 1 Learning goals per training phase.

From: An incremental training method with automated, extendable maze for training spatial behavioral tasks in rodents

Overview of Training Phases
Phase Learning Goal/Desired Behavior
1 The task structure is acquired. Initialize trial through nose-poke, visit one of two reward areas, consume reward, and return to nose-poke for subsequent trial. Hint trials, where a pellet is dispensed at the reward areas associated with the tone, are used initially to encourage the animal to visit the reward area following a nose-poke. The time between the tone and the hint is gradually increased. When the animal displays any movement towards the correct area before the hint has been given three pellets are rewarded at that area.
2 Respond to the cue tone through head movement in the direction of the associated reward area.
3 Respond to the cue tone with complete body turn towards associated reward area.
4 Respond to the cue tone with complete body turn and forward movement towards associated reward area.
5 Maze arms moved back 20 cm from start-box. From this phase onwards the animal must respond to the cue tone by moving towards one reward area through the central arm and waiting at reward area for the reward.
6 Maze arms moved back 50 cm from start-box.
7 Maze arms moved back 80 cm from start-box.