Male of female mouse?
Is it justified to use male mice only in behavioral studies, as many diseases affect men and women differently? This might be the most important argument to favor including female mice in certain studies.
zebrafish optogenetics
Stress might seem like a bad word, but it does have its perks. A recent study by Rodrigo J. De Marco uncovered the role of the pituitary in zebrafish larvae behavior after the onset of stress.
Best Reads tablet
As we're nearing the end of 2016 it's time to look back one more time. These 10 blog posts that we wrote during the past year are the best read blog posts on the Behavioral Research Blog in 2016!
cognitionwall
Sylics recently introduced CognitionWall, a new paradigm for discrimination learning in the home cage that avoids the necessity for food restriction and handling in learning tests.
Yesterday Alexxai Kravitz (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA) stopped by in our booth to show us a feeding device his lab created. It's a perfect fit with PhenoTyper and EthoVision XT.
A thrips is a tiny insect that can have a not-so-tiny effect on plants. A lot of research is currently carried out on how to get rid of these creatures.
The EthoGenomics project focused on screening for host plant resistance to insect pest species. Video tracking provides the possibility to scale up the screening method largely.
olfactory memory
When you get used to something, after a while you might not notice it anymore. Like a sent. The lab of Justus Verhagen investigated sniffing behavior with video tracking.
We sleep a large portion of our lives. And now researchers have proven that it can heal the brain.
The bat - moth aerial battle in 3D
Moths arrived first on the evolutionary stage; when much later on bats appeared with their sophisticated apparatus for echolocating prey, moths were forced to change or die.
Optogenetics has been invaluable in many brain studies, chemogenetics has been a good non-invasive alternative. Magnetogenetics is the new kid on the block. Can it do better?