Behavioral Research Blog

Free-choice digital interactive enrichment and human-animal interaction

Posted by Guest blogger on Feb 6, 2017

Read this guest blog post about an Australian National University PhD research at the Seoul Zoo by Nicky Kim-McCormack and colleagues. 

Measuring changes in captive great ape welfare and conservation attitudes

 

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Topics: The Observer XT, animal-human interaction, animal welfare, media recorder, apes, visitor response, IP Cameras

The bat - moth aerial battle in 3D

Posted by Fabrizio Grieco on May 5, 2016

Any insect that flies at night must deal with bat predation. Take a moth, for example. Moths arrived first on the evolutionary stage; when much later on bats appeared with their sophisticated apparatus for echolocating prey, moths were forced to change or die. Some species developed ears to hear the approach of a bat; this generally evokes evasive flight maneuvers like loops and dives. Other species acquired distasteful chemicals that gave them a repugnant or poisonous taste. Some even developed the ability to produce sounds that seem to confuse, and sometimes thwart, an attacking bat.

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Topics: EthoVision XT, media recorder, Track3D, moths, bats

Consumer research – what determines food satisfaction?

Posted by Annelies Verkerk on Nov 17, 2015

My mother makes the best apple crumble. The top is crunchy, the apples warm and mushy (but not too mushy!), and the level of cinnamon is in perfect balance with the sugar and the apples. Honestly, I’ve never tasted a more delicious apple crumble, which  sets a high standard for friends or restaurants offering me an apple crumble dessert.

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Topics: video observation, Observation lab, media recorder, consumer behavior, consumer behavior research, Eating behavior, Observation

How to capture the 3D swimming patterns of fish

Posted by G. Smit, MSc & A.H. Macbeth, PhD on Oct 1, 2015

We have learned that zebrafish have much more in common with humans than meets the eye, which is why they have become a “go-to” model in neuroscience research. But one obvious difference remains:  we walk and they swim, which means movement in 3 dimensions. So while video tracking from one camera angle (e.g. above) can give us a lot of information about the movement of humans (or rodents), all the information from the third dimension (depth) is entirely missed from single camera tracking.

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Topics: EthoVision XT, media recorder, zebrafish, Track3D, Animal 3D tracking

Does the sex of a simulated patient affect CPR?

Posted by Annelies Verkerk on Apr 20, 2015

It shouldn’t, but it does.

Although men and women are equally at risk for sudden cardiac arrest, studies have found that women are less likely to be resuscitated – by both bystanders and medically-trained personnel. Chelsea Kramer and her colleagues discovered that in the experiment they set up, when faced with either a male or female patient simulator, both men and women rescuers appeared reluctant to remove a female patient simulator’s clothing, with men being significantly more hesitant to do so. However, the hand placement for CPR on the female was more ideal compared to on the male simulated patient.

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Topics: The Observer XT, doctor patient interaction, medical encounter, media recorder, simulation, healthcare

Playing virtual games with frames – manipulating the distribution of people

Posted by Annelies Verkerk on Jul 4, 2013

Wild and appealing public displays
For public displays nowadays, we are no longer limited to traditional square and flat designs. More wild and appealing forms like curves, spheres, or columns are now possible as well. People that pass by such displays may behave differently than when they see a traditional square and flat one. This effect may be unwanted and people might miss important information on the display because they mainly look at other eye-catching parts. But it also offers interesting possibilities to manipulate the people passing by the display. If you know how the display shape influences people, you can use this knowledge to optimize information transfer.

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Topics: The Observer XT, video observation, media recorder, gaming

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