Behavioral Research Blog

6 Reasons to attend Neuroscience 2016

Posted by Natasja Bogers on Oct 20, 2016

This year the Society for Neuroscience annual conference returns to sunny San Diego in southern California. As usual, the 46th edition of the Annual Meeting is packed with the latest on neuroscience research, job and business opportunities, and hot topics in scientific publishing, public education, tools, & techniques.

Why should you attend this year’s Neuroscience conference? Let me give you 6 reasons!

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Topics: neuroscience, conferences, SfN, 2016

What is bringing consumer scientists to Berlin this month?

Posted by Annelies Verkerk on Oct 12, 2016

Coming up: consumer behavior research conference in Berlin

What is bringing consumer scientists from the US to Berlin this month? Is it Brexit? Is it the urge to investigate the differences between Spanish male and Dutch female online buying behaviors? Or is it because consumer scientists would like to investigate advertisement strategies in Italy and Sweden?

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Topics: consumer behavior, consumer behavior research, conferences, 2016

Learn about people by observing them

Posted by Jacqueline Martinali on Oct 3, 2016

Everyone is unique; everyone behaves differently. What is more fun than sitting somewhere - on a park bench, at a cafe, or on a terrace, and watching people go by? Postures, movements, nonverbal and verbal behavior - all can be observed.

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Topics: Observation lab, usability lab, psychology, ux lab, Observational research, controlled observations, usability testing

Video tracking for high-throughput screening of plant resistance to thrips

Posted by Olga Krips on Sep 26, 2016

Unless you grow plants commercially, you may very well not know what a thrips is. It is a tiny insect that can have a not-so-tiny effect on plants. Thrips pierce plant leaves and flowers and suck out their contents. And, not less important, many plant viruses are known to be transmitted by thrips [1]. Needless to say, a lot of research is currently carried out on how to get rid of these creatures.

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Topics: EthoVision XT, Video tracking, insect behavior, Tracking insects

What emotions does an author inject into a book?

Posted by Annelies Verkerk on Sep 20, 2016

“A book is beauty. A book is a shelf, a wall, a home.” states Simon Jenkins, the Guardian. He informs us that the digital book has had its peak. Paper books are instead just what he says: a shelf, a wall, a home. But how do you shove your shelf, wall, or home into a suitcase and fly off to Florida? I’d rather put my Kindle in my handbag and have all the books I’d ever want to read with me.

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Topics: emotion recognition, on-site research, FaceReader, facial expression analysis, physiology, EEG, emotions

High-throughput screening of plant lines for resistance to pest insects

Posted by Olga Krips on Sep 16, 2016

One of the great things about working for Noldus IT is its involvement in scientific research projects. Because the tools that we offer are used in scientific research, it is logical that we also participate in projects for which such tools are developed.

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Topics: EthoVision XT, Video tracking, insect

The power of rejection (in fruit flies)

Posted by G. Smit, MSc & A.H. Macbeth, PhD on Sep 1, 2016

In a previous post we talked about fruit flies and their amazing sense of smell. This includes the ability to navigate to a food source, as well as search out a preferred mate. However, there are other areas in which their olfactory systems come into play. This includes courting behavior (did you know the male does all the work?) and obesity. Yes - obesity can be studied in fruit flies.

Image courtesy of Hans Smid, 
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Topics: Video tracking, video observation, drosophila, fruit fly

A roundup of our best behavioral research posts of the summer

Posted by Natasja Bogers on Aug 31, 2016

With summer coming to an end it's time to gather the best of our behavioral research blog posts of the last couple of months. From research on the smell of fruit flies to in-home video recording studies and experiencing a conference for the first time: these articles should be on your reading list!

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Topics: The Observer XT, fruit fly, video recording, 2016, ASD

The use of video tracking in a HaXha test

Posted by G. Smit on Aug 25, 2016

When you get used to something, after a while you might not notice it anymore. It’s called habituation. When you are repeatedly presented with the same stimulus you might cease to respond to it altogether.

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Topics: Video tracking

How fruit flies find your food (and mates!)

Posted by G. Smit, MSc & A.H. Macbeth, PhD on Aug 18, 2016

Those tiny flies that take over your garbage cans during the summer? They are called fruit flies (or, Drosophila, their scientific name) for a reason! They have a fantastic sense of smell, but they also have a lot more in common with us that you might think. With 75% genetic commonality with humans, particularly the genes that cause human disease, these tiny creatures are a popular animal model for researchers.


Image courtesy of Hans Smid,
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Topics: Video tracking, social behavior research, drosophila, fruit fly

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