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 Syringe Pump Controller for Fluid Delivery of Multiple Volumes

August 20, 2020 Linda Amarante and colleagues from American University have developed and shared an open-source syringe pump controller for dispensing precise volumes of fluid over precise timescales. Delivering rewards are a crucial part of behavioral neuroscience experiments. In the case of liquid rewards, such as water, juice, chocolate milk or sucrose solutions, syringe pumps […]

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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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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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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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