SimBA

JANUARY 23, 2020 Simon Nilsson from Sam Golden’s lab at the University of Washington recently shared their project SimBA (Simple Behavioral Analysis), an open source pipeline for the analysis of complex social behaviors: “The manual scoring of rodent social behaviors is time-consuming and subjective, impractical for large datasets, and can be incredibly repetitive and boring. […]

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B-SOiD

January 16, 2020 Eric Yttri from Carnegie Mellon University has shared the following about B-SOiD, an open source unsupervised algorithm for discovery of spontaneous behaviors: “Capturing the performance of naturalistic behaviors remains a tantalizing but prohibitively difficult field of study – current methods are difficult, expensive, low temporal resolution, or all of the above. Recent […]

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The OpenMV project: Machine Vision with Python

November 14, 2019 OpenMV – Better, Stronger, Faster and only $65 USD Recent updates to the firmware for the OpenMV H7 Camera have brought some new functionality to this device, which is popular for open source neuroscience projects (e.g. Rodent Arena Tracker, or RAT: https://hackaday.io/project/162481-rodent-arena-tracker-rat). The new firmware allows for use of the popular TensorFlow […]

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Updates on LocoWhisk and ART

OCTOBER 3, 2019 Dr Robyn Grant from Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, UK has shared her group’s most recent project called LocoWhisk, which is a hardware and software solution for measuring rodent exploratory, sensory and motor behaviours: In describing the project, Dr Grant writes, “Previous studies from our lab have shown that that analysing whisker […]

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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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Pathfinder

AUGUST 8, 2019 Matthew Cooke and colleagues from Jason Snyder’s lab at University of British Columbia recently developed open source software to detect spatial navigation behavior in animals called Pathfinder: Spatial navigation is studied across several different paradigms for different purposes in animals; through analyzing spatial behaviors we can gain insight into how an animal […]

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MouseMove

July 18, 2019 In a 2015 Scientific Reports article, Andre Samson and colleagues shared their project MouseMove, an open-source software for quantifying movement in the open field test: The Open Field (OF) test is a commonly used assay for monitoring exploratory behavior and locomotion in rodents. Most research groups use commercial systems for recording and […]

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