DIY-NAMIC

September 10, 2020 Katherine Nautiyal from Dartmouth College has kindly shared the following about DIY-NAMIC, a high-throughput method to measure complex phenotypes in the homecage. ‘Operant behavioral paradigms provide rich data sets which are very useful for assessing manipulations in rodents models for neuropsychiatric disorders. However, the behavioral testing generally requires daily training for many […]

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An Open Source Automated Bar Test for Measuring Catalepsy in Rats

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 […]

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DeepFly3D, a deep learning-based approach for 3D limb and appendage tracking in tethered, adult Drosophila

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, […]

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Rodent Arena Tracker (RAT)

June 18, 2020 Jonathan Krynitsky and colleagues from the Kravitz lab at Washington University have constructed and shared RAT, a closed loop system for machine vision rodent tracking and task control. The Rodent Arena Tracker, or RAT, is a low cost wireless position tracker for automatically tracking mice in high contrast arenas. The device can […]

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neurotic

April 30, 2020 Jeffrey P. Gill and colleagues have developed and shared a new toolbox for synchronizing video and neural signals, cleverly named neurotic! Collecting neural data and behavioral data are fundamental to behavioral neuroscience, and the ability to synchronize these data streams are just as important as collecting the information in the first place. […]

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3DOC: 3D Operant Conditioning

April 23, 2020 Raffaele Mazziotti from the Istituto di Neuroscienze CNR di Pisa has generously shared the following about 3DOC, a recently developed and published project from their team. “Operant conditioning is a classical paradigm and a standard technique used in experimental psychology in which animals learn to perform an action in order to achieve […]

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Open Source Whisking Video Database

April 2, 2020 Alireza Azafar and colleagues at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour at Rabound University have published an open source database of high speed videos of whisking behavior in freely moving rodents. As responsible citizens, it’s possible you are missing lab and working from home. Maybe you have plenty to do, […]

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