Behavioral Research Blog

To be ravenous or to be social

Posted by Olga Krips on Feb 15, 2017

To voluntarily benefit another

Prosocial behavior, a voluntary behavior to benefit another, is an interesting concept from an evolutionary point of view. At first sight it may seem logical to be social, because everyone in the group benefits from it. But evolutionarily that does not hold up, because to propagate one’s own genes, cheating and being selfish pays. Therefore, many believe that prosocial behavior only exists because it is rewarded with social status, reputation, company, and receiving social behavior from others in return.  [1]

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Topics: The Observer XT, coding schemes, birds, coding behavior, food

Helping children cope with social anxiety

Posted by Jacqueline Martinali on Feb 9, 2017

Now and then, we all feel afraid to some extent. For example, imagine when thunder nearby strikes hard, or when you’re in a dark, small room and you don’t know how to get out, or when you think you’ve gotten lost.

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Topics: The Observer XT, anxiety research, child development, social anxiety, Theory of Mind, shyness

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

Attention! Drive safely

Posted by Guest blogger on Jan 24, 2017

This blog post is a guest post by Katja Kircher from VTI, the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute. In a recent study with bicyclists, researchers at VTI observed cyclist behavior using eye tracking technology, video recordings, and behavioral coding. All data combined enabled them to assess whether the cyclists met the demands in specific situations. Did receiving a text message influence the cyclist’s behavior, particularly in high-attention demanding circumstances? Read the blog post to learn more!

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Topics: The Observer XT, eye tracking, Eye tracker, driver behavior, data integration

Comparing two different skin-to-skin contact techniques

Posted by Jacqueline Martinali on Nov 23, 2016

And how they influence mother-child interaction with premature babies.

Three times I have experienced how it feels to hold my newborn baby in my arms. To feel that warm, small, naked body on top of you, the baby that is yours and grew inside you…that is probably the most precious gift I have ever experienced.
The little baby that just left the warm space it has spent all those months, and now exposed to the outside world - the only thing he or she needs is to feel safe with his or her mother or father.

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Topics: The Observer XT, video observation, parent-child interaction, eye-contact, kangaroo positioning, safety

Simulation-based training – it’s just like the real thing!

Posted by Jacqueline Martinali on Oct 25, 2016

A few weeks ago I posted a blog about observation and usability labs. But that isn’t the only way to observe in a laboratory setting – our systems are also well suited for use in simulation labs.

A simulation lab enables researchers to develop realistic scenarios to study a range of human-system interactions in a controlled environment. It provides a lifelike point-of-care learning experience for undergraduate and graduate students, specialists, and experts. By conducting training sessions, students in the lab develop and maintain knowledge, skills, and competencies such as interviewing skills, working with certain equipment, teamwork procedures, and so on.

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Topics: The Observer XT, simulation, Viso, medical simulation, simulation-based training, patient safety, quality of care, teamwork, skillstraining

A roundup of our best behavioral research posts of the summer

Posted by Natasja Bogers on Aug 31, 2016

With summer coming to an end it's time to gather the best of our behavioral research blog posts of the last couple of months. From research on the smell of fruit flies to in-home video recording studies and experiencing a conference for the first time: these articles should be on your reading list!

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Topics: The Observer XT, fruit fly, video recording, 2016, ASD

Video-recording children with ASD in-home

Posted by Jacqueline Martinali on Aug 8, 2016

Nowadays we often come across signs or printed versions of funny, motivational, and inspirational quotes about our homes. You’ll probably confirm this for yourself: we’ve all seen  a postcard, a doormat, or a picture in a magazine with sentences like: ‘Home is where the heart is’, ‘Home is where you can be yourself’ or ‘Home sweet home’. A funny one I like is ‘Home is where your Wi-Fi connects automatically’. We also read listings which convince us that ‘in this house we are real, we make mistakes, we say I’m sorry, we have fun, we forgive, we love’ and so on.

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Topics: The Observer XT, video observation, autism research, video recording, coding behavior, ASD, autism

Implementing Tailored Activity Programs

Posted by Julie Harrison on Aug 2, 2016

Sometimes pharmacological strategies can hurt more than they help. This is why non-pharmacological strategies are meant to be used as the first-line in the treatment of patients, but it can be difficult to tell which strategies should be used with dementia patients in hospitals.

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Topics: Alzheimer's disease, The Observer XT, video observation, doctor patient interaction, video recording, dementia, coding behavior

Students’ first contact with The Observer XT

Posted by Guest blogger on Jul 8, 2016

Systematic behavior research in farm animals has increasingly gained importance, especially during the last years.

Since the intensification of animal husbandry has substantially enhanced the discrepancy between natural and artificial environment, the following questions arise: What are the prerequisites for an animal to be able to show its full range of social behavior? How much space do animals require? What is the optimal group size?

The close monitoring of the social behavior of pigs, cattle, poultry and horses plays a major role in terms of welfare assessment and health research.

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Topics: The Observer XT, Precision farming, behavioral research, farm animals

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