Wooden Maze

Psychological Tests · Psychology

Accession Number: 2012.psy.136

Instrument Name: Wooden Maze

Description:

The wooden maze is made up of two planks of solid wood, attached together by two hinges on one side. A maze pattern is carved into the top plank of wood. Between the two planks a piece of paper with pencil markings that trace the same pattern as the maze.

Primary Materials: Wood, brass

Markings:

Pen markings on top plank: hand-written numbers “1–15″ at all dead end points of maze.

Dimensions (cm): Height = 3, Width = 22, Length = 36.5

Function:

Ultimate function unknown. However, the sample paper between the two wood layers suggests that participants used a pen to run through the maze. Participants may have been blindfolded, since the pencil 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. Minor scratches and pencil marks on top layer of wood. Wood slightly chipped at edges of the maze.

Manufacturer: Unknown

Date of Manufacture: c. 1960s?

Provenance: Department of Psychology, U of T

Donated to UTSIC: No