Behavioral Research Blog

The future of farming

Posted by Andrew Spink on Aug 9, 2013

Precision farming
GPS has always seemed to me to be a kind of magic technology.  The idea that a grid of satellites so far above my head that I cannot even see them can tell me exactly where I am and help give me directions where to go is pretty stupendous. And you do not even have to pay for the information! GPS is such a powerful technology that it is being applied to a great diversity of areas. One example is precision agriculture. For instance, if you are growing crops, they will often need water, pesticides and fertilizer.  If you don’t give them enough they will have a reduced yield and if you give them too much you spend too much money and you might cause pollution. The image on the right [1] shows a crop that needs watering.  But only the red areas are dry. So if that data is fed into a GIS databank and that is coupled to a GPS receiver on the irrigation system, the farmer will know precisely where to give water (or chemicals) so that the crop gets the right amount and there is minimal waste and runoff.

 

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Topics: animal behavior research, behavioral patterns, animal welfare, GPS, Precision farming, TrackLab, tracking, foraging behavior, precision agriculture

Optogenetics - Shining a light on brains and behavior

Posted by G. Smit on Dec 13, 2012

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Topics: EthoVision XT, mice, Video tracking, animal behavior research, behavioral patterns, exploratory behavior, anxiety research, rats, elevated plus maze, optogenetics, operant conditioning

Three examples of autism research studies

Posted by Annelies Verkerk on Nov 29, 2012

Knowledge is the key to developing a better understanding of autism.

Researchers often observe and code behavior in combination with other research methods such as questionnaires or parental interviews to be able to understand, recognize, and explain specific behaviors that are linked to autism.

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Topics: The Observer XT, T-patterns, Theme, FaceReader, facial expression analysis, infant behavior, Educational research, classroom observation software, coding schemes, autism research, parent-child interaction, behavioral patterns, repetitive behavior

Pattern detection in autism research

Posted by Annelies Verkerk on May 21, 2012

People with autism face numerous challenges in daily life. For example, a child with autism may experience difficulties in social interactions and playtime activities or some difficulty in verbal and non-verbal communication. In some cases, self-injurious behavior is one of the challenges a person with autism and his or her care-givers and parents face. It is a really disturbing behavior which can have serious consequences. There is a lot of information on the internet about how to cope with self-injurious behavior, but still there is a lot unknown. Researchers are searching for indicative behaviors, treatments, and other factors that help people, parents, and society deal with this dangerous behavior. In this blog, a study is presented which adds to our understanding of how to do behavioral research. It’s about a method which goes beyond trigger response behavior analysis and which stretches research boundaries.

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Topics: The Observer XT, T-patterns, Theme, autism research, behavioral patterns, methods and techniques, human behavior research

How to find an animal model for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Posted by G. Smit on Apr 12, 2012

The power of temporal behavioral pattern analysis and video tracking

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Topics: EthoVision XT, mice, Video tracking, animal behavior research, T-patterns, Theme, behavioral patterns, repetitive behavior, rats, obsessive-compulsive disorders

How to know if an animal is nauseated

Posted by G. Smit on Mar 21, 2012

Studying behavioral patterns associated with emesis (vomiting)

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Topics: EthoVision XT, Video tracking, The Observer XT, animal behavior research, video observation, T-patterns, Theme, behavioral patterns

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