About OpenBehavior

Welcome to OpenBehavior, a repository of cutting edge, open source tools for advancing behavioral neuroscience research. We are dedicated to accelerating research through the promotion of collaboration and open source projects. We aim to foster a community of sharing by providing a resource for researchers around the globe. OpenBehavior features hardware and software tools created for the investigation of behavior and cognition.

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OpenBehavior features a number of tools important for behavioral neuroscience research from behavior tracking, reward delivery, data analysis and everything in between. Check out some of our most recent posts!


January 23, 2019

Hot off the presses in eLife, Andrea Giovannucci and colleagues have shared their open-source software library, CaImAn, for one and two-photon Calcium Imaging data Analysis.


Dual-port Lick Detector

January 16, 2019

In the Journal of Neurophysiology, Brice Williams and colleagues have  shared their design for a novel dual-port lick detector. This device can be used for both real-time measurement and manipulation of licking behavior in head-fixed mice.



January 9, 2019

Kevin Coffey has shared the following about DeepSqueak, a deep learning-based system for detection and analysis of ultrasonic vocalizations, which he developed with Russell Marx.

Live Mouse Tracker

December 5, 2018

In a recent preprint, Fabrice de Chaumont and colleagues share Live Mouse Tracker, a real-time behavioral analysis system for groups of mice.


Alexxai Kravitz, Professor, Washington University in St. Louis

Mark Laubach, Professor, American University

Samantha White, Neuroscience PhD Student, American University

Linda Amarante, Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University

Undergraduate Neuroscience Majors at American University:

Marty Isaacson, Meagan Mitchell, and Josh Wilson

Former Contributors

Without them, our site would not have been possible! Thanks to the founding groundwork from:
Kyra Swanson
Hannah Goldbach
Michael Preston
Julia Licholai
Hao Chen