Robotic Flower System for Bee Behavior

March 19, 2020 Erno Kuusela and Juho Lämsä, from the University of Oulu in Finland, have shared their design for an open source, computer controlled robotic flower system for studying bumble bee behavior. Oh.. to be a honey bee.. collecting nectar from a robotic flower.. of open source design… splendid. As with behavioral studies from […]

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ToneBox: a system for automated auditory operant conditioning

March 12, 2020 Nikolas Francis and colleagues from the Kanold Laboratory at the University of Maryland – College Park have developed and shared ToneBox, a system for high-throughput operant conditioning in a mouse homecage. Data collection for operant conditioning studies can be time-consuming and sensitive to variability in experimental conditions. An automated approach would both […]

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Autopilot

DECEMBER 12, 2019 Jonny Saunders from Michael Wehr’s lab at the University of Oregon recently posted a preprint documenting their project Autopilot, which is a python framework for running behavioral experiments: Autopilot is a python framework for behavioral experiments through utilizing Raspberry Pi microcontrollers. Autopilot incorporates all aspects of an experiment, including the hardware, stimuli, […]

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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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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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Ratcave

AUGUST 29, 2019 Nicholas A. Del Grosso and Anton Sirota at the Bernstein Centre for Computational Neuroscience recently published their new project called Ratcave, a Python 3D graphics library that allows researchers to create and 3D stimuli in their experiments: Neuroscience experiments often require the use of software to present stimuli to a subject and […]

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