Touchscreen Cognition and MouseBytes

NOVEMBER 21, 2019 Tim Bussey and Lisa Saksida from Western University and the BrainsCAN group developed touchscreen device chambers that can be used to measure rodent behavior. While the touchscreens themselves are not an open-source device, we appreciate the open-science push for creating a user community, performing workshops and tutorials, and data sharing. Most notably, […]

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The OpenMV project: Machine Vision with Python

November 14, 2019 OpenMV – Better, Stronger, Faster and only $65 USD Recent updates to the firmware for the OpenMV H7 Camera have brought some new functionality to this device, which is popular for open source neuroscience projects (e.g. Rodent Arena Tracker, or RAT: https://hackaday.io/project/162481-rodent-arena-tracker-rat). The new firmware allows for use of the popular TensorFlow […]

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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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Updates on LocoWhisk and ART

OCTOBER 3, 2019 Dr Robyn Grant from Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, UK has shared her group’s most recent project called LocoWhisk, which is a hardware and software solution for measuring rodent exploratory, sensory and motor behaviours: In describing the project, Dr Grant writes, “Previous studies from our lab have shown that that analysing whisker […]

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3D Printed Headcap and Microdrive

SEPTEMBER 26, 2019 In their 2015 Journal of Neurophysiology article, the Paré Lab at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University describe their novel head-cap and microdrive design for chronic multi-electrode recordings in rats through the use of 3D printing technology and highlight the impact of 3D printing technology on neurophysiology: There […]

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SignalBuddy

SEPTEMBER 19, 2019 Richard Warren, a graduate student in the Sawtell lab at Columbia University, recently shared his new open-source project called SignalBuddy: SignalBuddy is an easy-to-make, easy-to-use signal generator for scientific applications. Making friends is hard, but making SignalBuddy is easy. All you need is an Arduino Uno! SignalBuddy replaces more complicated and (much) […]

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