Behavioral Research Blog

Side effects of L-DOPA investigated in parkinsonian rats

Posted by G. Smit on Feb 16, 2015

Just recently, I blogged about a Parkinson’s disease (PD) study that compared the locomotion of Parkinsonian rats to those of human patients using automated gait analysis. Following up on that, this time I would like to highlight two recent Parkinson’s studies that use video tracking for their behavioral analysis. These studies specifically investigate the long-term effects of L-DOPA or levopoda, a common clinical treatment for PD, with which many patients struggle.

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Topics: EthoVision XT, Video tracking, Parkinson's Disease, open field test, PhenoTyper, behavior recognition

How Automatic Rat Behavior Recognition was developed

Posted by G. Smit on Dec 12, 2013

If you are familiar with neurobehavioral research in any way, you will know that variables like velocity and distance moved are important parameters in a lot of animal behavioral experiments. While these are difficult to measure with the naked eye, video tracking software does an excellent job of doing this automatically.

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Topics: EthoVision XT, Video tracking, animal behavior research, Automating behavioral observations, rats, behavior recognition

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