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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HOPE

July 12, 2019 Sebastien Delcasso from the Graybiel lab at MIT published a method for developing a brain implant called “HOPE” for combining with optogenetics, pharmacology, and electrophysiology: HOPE (hybrid-drive combining optogenetics, pharmacology, and electrophysiology) is a method that simplifies the construction of a drivable and multi-task recording implant. HOPE is a new type of […]

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Craniobot

March 13, 2019 Suhasa Kodandaramaiah from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, has shared the following about Craniobot, a computer numerical controlled robot for cranial microsurgeries. The palette of tools available for neuroscientists to measure and manipulate the brain during behavioral experiments has greatly expanded in the previous decade. In many cases, using these tools […]

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Mousecam

February 6, 2019 Arne Meyer and colleagues recently shared their design and implementation of a head-mounted camera system for capturing detailed behavior in freely moving mice. Video monitoring of animals can give great insight to behaviors. Most video monitoring systems to collect precise behavioral data require fixed position cameras and stationary animals, which can limit […]

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