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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.