Behavioral Research Blog

3 studies to get you in the mood for the European Zebrafish Meeting in Oslo

Posted by G. Smit on Jun 26, 2015

It is almost time for the 9th European Zebrafish Meeting in Oslo, Norway! So here are a couple of recent publications on zebrafish research to get you in the mood.

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Topics: EthoVision XT, Video tracking, zebrafish, Danio rerio, DanioVision, anxiety research, novel tank test, shoaling behavior

How zebrafish are changing neuroscience

Posted by G. Smit on May 1, 2014

Zebrafish. This small little fish is a vertebrate, and a relatively complex one at that. Looking at all the major neurotransmitters and hormones that are investigated in neuroscience, they are as good of a model as many mammalian species. Indeed, recent studies have shown how they are ideal  for testing in behavioral domains such as anxiety, sociality, sleep, reward, and cognition.

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Topics: EthoVision XT, Video tracking, social behavior research, zebrafish, anxiety research, T-maze, novel tank test, bottom dwelling

Zebrafish research: behavioral differences between wild-type strains

Posted by G. Smit on Aug 20, 2013

Often in animal research, animals with a certain genetic alteration are compared to a “wild-type” (this being the ‘normal’ rat, mouse, or zebrafish). One might assume that there is no difference between one wild-type animal and the next, but in fact, many different strains of wild-type animals are used.

Many wild-type zebrafish strains
The same is true for zebrafish. Many studies talk of wild-type animals, but the strain is not always mentioned. Furthermore, wild-type fish can be acquired at the pet shop, from a commercial scientific supplier, or simply caught in the wild. Vignet et al. noticed that there have been reports of differences in behavior between wild-type strains, and therefore they stress the importance of matching the most appropriate strain to the behavioral test.

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Topics: EthoVision XT, Video tracking, fish, zebrafish, exploratory behavior, learning and memory, anxiety research, circadian rhytmicity, T-maze, color discrimination, novel tank test, light/dark challenge, bottom dwelling

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

Don’t dwell on it… dive into zebrafish research!

Posted by G. Smit on Oct 11, 2012


About the novel tank diving test and bottom dwelling in zebrafish research

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Topics: EthoVision XT, Video tracking, animal behavior research, zebrafish, Danio rerio, exploratory behavior, open field test, anxiety research, novel tank test

Three ways to test hallucinogens on zebrafish

Posted by G. Smit on Mar 13, 2012

Behavioral endpoints of zebrafish in the novel tank test, the open field test, and the shoaling behavior test

Hallucinogenic drugs (psychedelics) have a growing significance in biopsychiatric research. Zebrafish are a popular animal model and seem highly sensitive to various drugs of abuse. The Kalueff lab established these two facts and in a study described in Effects of hallucinogenic agents mescaline and phencyclidine on zebrafish behavior and physiology (Kyzar et al., 2012).

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Topics: EthoVision XT, Video tracking, animal behavior research, social behavior research, zebrafish, Danio rerio, exploratory behavior, open field test, anxiety research, novel tank test

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