NINscope: a versatile miniscope for multi-region circuit investigations

September 3, 2020 Andres de Groot and colleagues from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience have created a lightweight, versatile miniscope for fluorescence imaging and optogenetic stimulation. Miniaturized fluorescent microscopes (miniscopes) are powerful tools used for the monitoring of neural signals during unrestrained behavior. NINscope is a compact miniscope that has an integrated inertial measurement sensor […]

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Tetroplater

August 27, 2020 Jumpei Matsumoto from the University of Toyama has generously shared the following about Tetroplater, an open-source circuit for microwire tetrode gold plating. “Gold plating is necessary/effective for microwire tetrodes for recording neuronal activity. For the gold plating, the electrode tip is electroplated with current pulses, until the impedance reaches to the target […]

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MNE Scan: Software for real-time processing of electrophysiological data

July 9, 2020 In a 2018 Journal of Neuroscience Methods article, Lorenz Esch and colleagues present MNE Scan, a software that provides real-time acquisition and processing of electrophysiological data. MNE Scan is a state-of-the-art real-time processing software for clinical MEG and EEG data. By allowing for real-time analysis of neuronal activity, MNE Scan enables the […]

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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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Rigbox: an open source toolbox for probing neurons and behavior

January 30, 2020 In a recent preprint, Jai Bhagat, Miles J. Wells and colleagues shared a toolbox, developed by Christopher Burgess, for streamlining behavioral neuroscience experiments. In behavioral neuroscience, it’s important to keep track of both behavioral data and neural data, and have it done so in a way that makes analysis simpler later on. […]

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RatHat: A self-targeting printable brain implant system

JANUARY 9, 2020 Leila Allen and colleagues in Tim Allen’s lab at Florida International University recently developed RatHat, a self-targeting printable brain implant system. Below they describe their project: “There has not been a major change in how neuroscientists approach stereotaxic methods in decades. Here we present a new stereotaxic method that improves on traditional […]

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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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SpikeGadgets

AUGUST 22, 2019 We’d like to highlight groups and companies that support an open-source framework to their software and/or hardware in behavioral neuroscience. One of these groups is SpikeGadgets, a company co-founded by Mattias Karlsson and Magnus Karlsson. SpikeGadgets is a group of electrophysiologists and engineers who are working to develop neuroscience hardware and software […]

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