DeepFly3D, a deep learning-based approach for 3D limb and appendage tracking in tethered, adult Drosophila

July 23, 2020 Semih Günel and colleagues have created a deep learning-based pose estimator for studying how neural circuits control limbed behaviors in tethered Drosophila. Appendage tracking is an important behavioral measure in motor circuit research. Up until now, algorithms for accurate 3D pose estimation in small animals such as Drosophila did not exist. Rather, […]

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Rodent Arena Tracker (RAT)

June 18, 2020 Jonathan Krynitsky and colleagues from the Kravitz lab at Washington University have constructed and shared RAT, a closed loop system for machine vision rodent tracking and task control. The Rodent Arena Tracker, or RAT, is a low cost wireless position tracker for automatically tracking mice in high contrast arenas. The device can […]

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neurotic

April 30, 2020 Jeffrey P. Gill and colleagues have developed and shared a new toolbox for synchronizing video and neural signals, cleverly named neurotic! Collecting neural data and behavioral data are fundamental to behavioral neuroscience, and the ability to synchronize these data streams are just as important as collecting the information in the first place. […]

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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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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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ezTrack

June 13, 2019 Zach Pennington from Denise Cai’s lab at Mt. Sinai recently published in Scientific Reports describing their latest open-source project called ezTrack: ezTrack is an open-source, platform independent set of behavior analysis pipelines using interactive Python (iPython/Jupyter Notebook) that researchers with no prior programming experience can use. ezTrack is a sigh of relief […]

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