Visual stimulator with customizable light spectra

May 7, 2020 Katrin Franke, Andre Maia Chagas and colleagues have developed and shared a spatial visual stimulator with an arbitrary-spectrum of light for visual neuroscientists. Vision research, quite obviously, relies on control of visual stimuli in an experiment. There are a great number of commercially available devices and hardware that are implemented in presenting […]

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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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OpenMonkeyStudio

February 27, 2020 OpenMonkeyStudio is an amazing new tool for tracking movements by and interactions among freely moving monkeys. Ben Hayden and Jan Zimmerman kindly sent along this summary of the project: Tracking animal pose (that is, identifying the positions foo their major joints) is a major frontier in neuroscience. When combined with neural recordings, pose […]

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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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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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