Students in the Computational Methods course in the Neuroscience major at American University learn about core methods for open source science each fall. In past years, we have focused on learning Python for data analysis, methods for 3D printing, and using Arduino to build simple experimental rigs and run experiments. With the pandemic, it […]
[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text] We have covered developments with the OpenMV project before on OpenBehavior, and they’ve just added a new feature that will be of interest to many behavioral neuroscientists. The OpenMV camera is a machine-vision camera that is programmed in Python. The developers (Kwabena W. Agyeman and Ibrahim Abdelkader) have implemented many machine vision algorithms […]
In case you hadn’t noticed, OpenBehavior got a makeover! The goal with this website is to improve the way we have projects categorized and tagged so you can find what you’re looking for, and if you’re just looking for inspiration for your next experiment we wanted make it easier to browse projects by category. We […]
August 20, 2020 Linda Amarante and colleagues from American University have developed and shared an open-source syringe pump controller for dispensing precise volumes of fluid over precise timescales. Delivering rewards are a crucial part of behavioral neuroscience experiments. In the case of liquid rewards, such as water, juice, chocolate milk or sucrose solutions, syringe pumps […]
What’s more exciting than moving to a brand new lab space? Moving during a pandemic! The Computational and Systems Neuroscience Lab has officially (and safely) moved into the new science building at American University, the Hall of Science! Now all that’s left to do is finish setting up!
August 6, 2020 Researchers at the University of Guelph have created a low-cost automated apparatus for measuring catalepsy that increases measurement accuracy and reduces observer bias. Catalepsy is a measure of muscular rigidity that can result from several factors including Parkinson’s disease, or pharmacological exposure to antipsychotics or cannabis. Catalepsy bar tests are widely used […]
July 30, 2020 Cameron Woodard has kindly shared the following write up about PiDose, an open source system for oral drug administration to group-housed mice. “PiDose is an open-source tool for scientists performing drug administration experiments with mice. It allows for automated daily oral dosing of mice over long time periods (weeks to months) without […]
Kyra Swanson has successfully defended her dissertation (virtually!) on the Neural and Computational Mechanisms of Cognitive Flexibility. She’ll be continuing on at a position at the Smithsonian National Zoo to use deep learning and data analysis methods for ethological studies of zoo animals. Congratulations, Dr. Swanson!
July 23, 2020 Semih Günel and colleagues have created a deep learning-based pose estimator for studying how neural circuits control limbed behaviors in tethered Drosophila. Appendage tracking is an important behavioral measure in motor circuit research. Up until now, algorithms for accurate 3D pose estimation in small animals such as Drosophila did not exist. Rather, […]
July 16, 2020 In a recent bioRxiv preprint, Gonçalo Lopes and colleagues from NeuroGEARS and University College London have shared information about BonVision — an open source software for creating and controlling visual environments. With advances in computer gaming and software rendering, it is now possible to create realistic virtual environments. These virtual environments, which […]