An automated behavioral box to assess forelimb function in rats

November 7, 2019 Chelsea C. Wong and colleagues at the University of California – San Francisco have developed and shared a design for an open-source behavioral chamber for the measurement of forelimb function in rats. Forelimb function (reaching, grasping, retrieving, etc) is a common readout of behaviors for studying neural correlates of motor learning, neural […]

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Automated Home-Cage Rodent Two-bottle Choice Test: open-source success story

October 31, 2019 Elizabeth Godynyuk and colleagues from the Creed Lab at Washington University, St. Louis recently published their design for a two-bottle choice homecage apparatus in eNeuro. It incorporates the original design (published on Hackaday.io in May 2018), modifications from Jude Frie and Jibran Khokar (Frie & Khokhar, 2019), and additional improvements over the […]

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SfN 2019 Open-Source Itinerary

October 18, 2019 It’s that time of year again: SfN season! The OpenBehavior Team has put together a curated itinerary of talks and posters featuring open-source tools. The list contains over 200 projects related to open-source in general, with 90 or so projects that are specifically relevant to behavioral neuroscience (denoted in bold)! You can […]

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The Future is Open

August 16, 2019 This week’s post is about the current state of OpenBehavior (OB) and ongoing efforts within the open source neuroscience community. Next week, we will resume posting about new tools. Samantha White, Linda Amarante, Lex Kravitz, and Mark Laubach published a commentary in eNeuro last week about how open-source tools are being used […]

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The future is open!

We just published a new commentary on the future of open-source tools for behavioral neuroscience, inspired by our work with OpenBehavior.com! There has been a recent and substantial increase in the use of open-source tools for conducting research studies in neuroscience. The OpenBehavior Project was created to disseminate open-source projects specific to the study of […]

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Automated classification of self-grooming in mice

May 16, 2019 In the Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Bastijn van den Boom and colleagues have shared their ‘how-to’ instructions for implementing behavioral classification with JAABA, featuring bonsai and motr! In honor of our 100th post on OpenBehavior, we wanted to feature a project that exemplifies how multiple open-source projects can be implemented to address […]

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Phenopy

April 17, 2019 In a recent Nature Protocol’s article, Edoardo Balzani and colleagues from Valter Tucci’s lab have developed and shared Phenopy, a Python-based open-source analytical platform for behavioral phenotyping. Behavioral phenotyping of mice using classic methods can be a long process and is susceptible to high variability, leading to inconsistent results. To reduce variance […]

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Cerebro Wireless Optogenetic System

April 5, 2019 Andy Lustig from the Karpova Lab at Janelia has developed, documented, and shared a system for wireless optogenetic stimulation. Several commercial systems for wireless controlled optogenetic stimulation are available, however, as you might expect, these systems can be cost-prohibitive and often lack the ability to be customized. To address these limitations, Lustig […]

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