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

By John Farrimond, Andrew John Hill, Nicholas Jones, Gary John Stephens, Benjamin Jason Whalley and Claire Michelle Williams

Abstract

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

Topics: 570
Publisher: Psychonomic Society
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:centaur.reading.ac.uk:1758

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