Behavioral Research Blog

Discrimination learning without human intervention or food restriction

Posted by G. Smit on Dec 15, 2016

 

Learning paradigms have long been the hallmark in studies on neurological and psychiatric disorders, but they often present challenges and come with limitations. For example, many of these tasks require some combination of food restrictions, handling of the animals, and/or are quite labor-intensive. Sylics recently introduced a new paradigm, called CognitionWall, that you might have already seen on our website, and aims to get around some of these limitations.

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Topics: EthoVision XT, mice, Video tracking, learning and memory, PhenoTyper, cognition, cognitionwall, sylics

5 must-read articles on zebrafish behavioral research

Posted by G. Smit on Oct 16, 2012

I have been reading a lot about zebrafish research lately and I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorite articles with you. 

For an overview of what Noldus can do to help you out with your research, click below. 

Zebrafish Research Solutions

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Topics: EthoVision XT, Video tracking, animal behavior research, zebrafish, Danio rerio, learning and memory, anxiety research, novel tank test, cognition

The search for autism models continues - why rats are important

Posted by G. Smit on Oct 4, 2012

Autism, or rather Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), continues to be an important topic in scientific research. Although finding the actual cause of ASD is still years away, there have been several studies that point to a strong genetic component (though not all cases are hereditary). People with ASD suffer from difficulties in social interaction and communication because they are limited in their empathic abilities and intuition and have a hard time expressing their emotions. There are also a number of other ways ASD expresses itself, such as compulsive and repetitive behavior. You can image this can make life hard, and a large part of people suffering from ASD lead lonely lives. There is no cure, but there are some therapies. That is why scientific research is important. As potential causes and cures are being studied, the need for good animal models of ASD is becoming more and more important. 

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Topics: EthoVision XT, Morris water maze, Video tracking, animal behavior research, autism research, learning and memory, rats, cognition

What we can learn from zebrafish in a T-maze

Posted by G. Smit on Jun 18, 2012

Scrolling through our recent blogs, you can tell how important zebrafish have become in behavioral research. So we thought it was time to tell you a little more about some popular paradigms. Starting with the T-maze.

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Topics: EthoVision XT, animal behavior research, zebrafish, Danio rerio, learning and memory, T-maze, color discrimination, cognition

Brain waves and behavior: sleep to learn

Posted by G. Smit on Apr 19, 2012

To find out more about human and animal learning and memory, we might just have to go to sleep. Ahem – research on sleep, I mean.

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Topics: EthoVision XT, mice, Video tracking, animal behavior research, exploratory behavior, learning and memory, open field test, anxiety research, elevated plus maze, home cage, PhenoTyper, cognition, brain waves, REM sleep

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