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Autism Top 10 Blog Articles from the Behavioral Research Blog

Posted by Annelies Verkerk on Jan 14, 2014

It was no surprise that these blog articles attracted lots of attention. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. (www.autismspeaks.org). Read the Autism Top 10 Blog Articles from the Behavioral Research Blog to stay updated on the latest developments in Autism Research.

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Topics: Video tracking, The Observer XT, video observation, T-patterns, Theme, autism research

Measuring behavioral effects of laboratory rearing on starlings

Posted by Olga Krips on Dec 10, 2013

Tracking birds with EthoVision XT and analyzing patterns with Theme

Laboratory animals and behavioral research
Rearing animals specifically for behavioral research is a very common practice. However, the results from behavioral studies with laboratory animals should be interpreted with care. There is much evidence indicating that the behavior of laboratory animals differs from that of animals caught in the wild. Laboratory animals are likely to be tamer than wild animals, but they can also be impaired in some behaviors. Some mammals have impairments in learning and memory when reared in a laboratory. They can also develop abnormal behaviors, called stereotypies, such as route-tracing. Similar effects of rearing in laboratories can be found in some bird species.

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Topics: EthoVision XT, Video tracking, T-patterns, Theme, learning and memory, birds, measuring behavior

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

3 Examples of pattern detection research

Posted by Annelies Verkerk on Dec 28, 2011

Patterns in behavior are everywhere around us. Think about the sequence of behavior when you do the laundry, get ready in the morning, play a game of soccer, or drive your car to work. Many behavioral scientists focus on these highly structured phenomena. For instance,  researchers now closely examine social interactions or the execution of tasks. Many patterns are missed when observed with the naked eye. Fortunately, cameras and specialized software can be used to aid in the detection of interesting behavior patterns.

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Topics: animal-human interaction, emotion recognition, T-patterns, Theme, human behavior research, cats

Temporal patterns (T-patterns) in behaviors cats and their owners

Posted by G. Smit on Jun 15, 2011

Crossing the bridge between human and animal behavior research

Noldus provides many solutions for research on the behavior of both animals and humans. And on occasion, a Noldus solution is used for both animal and human research at the same time. Manuela Wedl and her colleagues are a prime example with their study on human-animal interaction.

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Topics: The Observer XT, animal behavior research, animal-human interaction, video observation, T-patterns, Theme

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