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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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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ELOPTA: a novel microcontroller-based operant device

December 19, 2018 In 2007, Adam Hoffman and colleagues shared their design for an Electric Operant Testing Apparatus (ELOPTA) in Behavior Research Methods. Operant behavior is commonly studied in behavioral neuroscience, therefore there is a need for devices to train and collect data from animals in operant procedures. Commercially available systems often require training to […]

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PsiBox: Automated Operant Conditioning in the Mouse Home Cage

November 30, 2018 Nikolas Francis and Patrick Kanold of the University of Maryland share their design for Psibox, a platform for automated operant conditioning in the mouse home cage, in Frontiers in Neural Circuits. The ability to collect behavioral data from large populations of subjects is advantageous for advancing behavioral neuroscience research. However, few cost-effective […]

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