Wooden Maze

Psychology

Accession Number: 2012.psy.137

Instrument Name: Wooden Maze

Description:

The wooden maze is made up of three planks of solid wood. The bottom plank is one solid piece. The two top planks are carved into a maze pattern, and attach to the bottom plank with metal pegs that fit into a hole at each corner of the bottom plank.

Primary Materials: Wood, metal

Markings:

Carved inscriptions on top surface of maze: “START” and “FINISH” at the two ends of the maze; numbers “1–14″ at all dead-end points of the maze.

Dimensions (cm): Height = 4, Width = 22, Length = 30

Function:

Ultimate function unknown. However, the pencil and pen markings on the top surface of the bottom plank of wood suggest that participants used a writing tool to run through the maze. Participants may have been blindfolded, since the pencil and pen markings on the paper do not indicate a single line, but many lines around the edges of the carved wood surface. The instrument was potentially implicated in implicit memory and procedural learning tests.

Condition:

Good. Some pencil and pen marks on the bottom plank of wood, where writing tool was used to travel through maze.

Manufacturer: Unknown

Date of Manufacture: c. 1960s?

Provenance: Department of Psychology, U of T

Donated to UTSIC: No