Automated classification of self-grooming in mice

May 16, 2019 In the Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Bastijn van den Boom and colleagues have shared their ‘how-to’ instructions for implementing behavioral classification with JAABA, featuring bonsai and motr! In honor of our 100th post on OpenBehavior, we wanted to feature a project that exemplifies how multiple open-source projects can be implemented to address […]

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idtracker.ai

February 20, 2019 Francisco Romero Ferrero and colleagues have developed idtracker.ai, an algorithm and software for tracking individuals in large collectives of unmarked animals, recently described in Nature Methods. Tracking individual animals in large collective groups can give interesting insights to behavior, but has proven to be a challenge for analysis. With advances in artificial […]

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Open-source platform for worm behavior

February 13, 2019 In Nature Methods, Avelino Javer and colleagues developed and shared an open-source platform for analyzing and sharing worm behavioral data. Collecting behavioral data is important and analyzing this data is just as crucial. Sharing this data is also important because it can further our understanding of behavior and increase replicability of worm […]

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Q&A with Dr. Mackenzie Mathis on her experience with developing DeepLabCut

August 22, 2018 Dr. Mackenzie Mathis, Principal Investigator of the Adaptive Motor Control Lab (Rowland Institute at Harvard University), has shared the following responses to a short Q&A about the inspiration behind, development of and sharing of DeepLabCut — a toolbox for animal tracking using deep-learning. What inspired you and your colleagues to create this […]

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Open source modules for tracking animal behavior and closed-loop stimulation based on Open Ephys and Bonsai

June 15, 2018 In a recent preprint on BioRxiv, Alessio Buccino and colleagues from the University of Oslo provide a step-by-step guide for setting up an open source, low cost, and adaptable system for combined behavioral tracking, electrophysiology, and closed-loop stimulation. Their setup integrates Bonsai and Open Ephys with multiple modules they have developed for robust real-time tracking […]

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Head-Fixed Setup for Combined Behavior, Electrophysiology, and Optogenetics

June 12, 2018 In a recent publication in the Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, Solari and colleagues of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Semmelweis University have shared the following about a behavioral setup for temporally controlled rodent behavior. This arrangement allows for training of head-fixed animals with calibrated sound stimuli, precisely timed fluid and air […]

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