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A cost-effective high-throughput digital system for observation and acquisition of animal behavioral data

Farrimond, J., Hill, A. J., Jones, N., Stephens, G. J. ORCID:, Whalley, B. J. and Williams, C. M. ORCID: (2009) A cost-effective high-throughput digital system for observation and acquisition of animal behavioral data. Behavior Research Methods, 41 (2). pp. 446-451. ISSN 1554-351X

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We have designed and implemented a low-cost digital system using closed-circuit television cameras coupled to a digital acquisition system for the recording of in vivo behavioral data in rodents and for allowing observation and recording of more than 10 animals simultaneously at a reduced cost, as compared with commercially available solutions. This system has been validated using two experimental rodent models: one involving chemically induced seizures and one assessing appetite and feeding. We present observational results showing comparable or improved levels of accuracy and observer consistency between this new system and traditional methods in these experimental models, discuss advantages of the presented system over conventional analog systems and commercially available digital systems, and propose possible extensions to the system and applications to nonrodent studies.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > School of Pharmacy > Division of Pharmacology
Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN)
Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Neuroscience
ID Code:1758
Uncontrolled Keywords:Animals Automation
Publisher:Psychonomic Society
Publisher Statement:This manuscript was accepted for publication in Behavior Research Methods on [date]. The copyright is held by Psychonomic Society Publications. This document may not exactly correspond to the final published version. Psychonomic Society Publications disclaims any responsibility or liability for errors in this manuscript.


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