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A roundup of our best behavioral research posts of the summer

Wednesday, 31 August, 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!

A roundup of our best behavioral research posts of the summer

In-home video-recording children with ASD

Many people feel at best at home. This is exactly why researchers who study behavior influenced by environmental factors increasingly carry out in-home research.

Like Anne Kirby and colleagues, who studied sensory and repetitive behaviors among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study involved video recording observations of 32 children with ASD and their activities within their own homes.

Read more about their research and behavior findings here >>

Conference report: Experiencing Measuring Behavior

This year the 10th edition of the international Measuring Behavior conference took place in Dublin, Ireland. Many delegates have attended the conference over the years, many of them more than once.

How does a first-time attendee experience this multidisciplinary conference?

Find out in this blog post >>

Students’ first contact with The Observer XT

For Prof. Dr. Volker Stefanski and Dr. Birgit Flauger of the University of Hohenheim, it's very important that students of Agricultural Science and Agricultural Biology learn how to work with professional software tools.

They introduce their students to The Observer XT to analyze the behavior of animals at an early stage. How this works out?

Read the full blog post here >>

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How in-home video recordings provide accurate measure and allow for more objective comparisons

At the Nestlé Research Center in Sweden Lisa Edelson and colleagues studied how parents’ prompts to eat fruits and vegetables are related to children’s intake of these foods.

Seventy-five families participated in the study, that can help provide a better understanding of this parent-child process can help promote healthy eating habits. 

Read more about the findings in this in-home video recording study >>

Implementing Tailored Activity Programs for Hospitalized Dementia Patients

Tailored Activity Programs (TAP) have been shown to have significantly reduce behavioral occurrences in dementia patients, improving their engagement and positive behaviors.

Laura Gitlin and colleagues studied the feasibility of implementing this program in hospitals. The study aimed to evaluate both the reaction of the patients to the program, as well as the reaction of the hospital staff.

Read more about the results of this study here >>

Implementing Tailored Activity Programs for Hospitalized Dementia Patients

How fruit flies find your food (and mates!)

Those tiny flies you often find in and around your house during summer? They are called fruit flies (or, Drosophila) and surprisingly share a 75% genetic commonality with humans, particularly the genes that cause human disease. An important reason why these tiny creatures are a popular animal model for researchers. Most research using drosophila has focused on olfaction.

Some interesting scientific facts about the smell of fruit flies.

What was the best behavioral research post you've read recently?