Measuring Behavior '98
2nd International Conference on Methods and Techniques
in Behavioral Research
Groningen, The Netherlands
18-21 August 1998
Measuring Behavior '98, the 2nd International Conference on
Methods and Techniques in Behavioral Research was held at the University of
Groningen, The Netherlands, 18-21 August 1998. With almost 300 delegates from
32 countries, the meeting was a great success. The conference offered a variety of ways to gather
and exchange information. The scientific program
consisted of oral presentations, poster sessions, demonstrations and
scientific tours. What made Measuring Behavior '98
extra special were the technical training sessions,
user meetings and a unique video digitization service.
There was also an exhibition of scientific books,
instruments and software. Of course, a pleasant social program was
included as well. And after the meeting, delegates explored Groningen and surroundings on one of the
post-conference excursions. If you want to taste the atmosphere
during and after the meeting, take a look at the photo gallery!
Integration of Behavior and Physiology
Measuring Behavior 98 devoted special attention to the integration of
advanced behavioral research with physiological measurements. With "integration" we refer
to the measurement of behavioral characteristics combined with in vivo (non-invasive)
recording of the dynamic changes in time of physiological parameters. Exciting new developments
in both the behavioral and physiological sciences make such an integration feasible. The
development of techniques and generic software tools can form a bridge between disciplines, which are
often unaware of techniques already available in other fields. For example, data analysis methods
stemming from ethology are now being used by applied psychologists, and path analysis techniques
originally designed by entomologists are equally useful for behavioral pharmacologists studying rodents.
Moreover, recent developments in radiotelemetry, brain imaging, chip technology and biosensor
techniques originally used by physiologists are now being used for simultaneous recording of
physiological processes and behavior. To this end, Measuring Behavior '98, just as in 1996,
served as a common ground for crossfertilization of research disciplines.
Measuring Behavior 98 was be held at the Center
for Biological Sciences of the University of Groningen in Haren,
The Netherlands. The conference was hosted by prof. dr. J.M. Koolhaas
of the Department of Animal Physiology. The university, founded in 1614, is the second oldest
of the country. Featuring a historic city center with great outdoor
terraces and located close to the Wadden Sea, one of Europes most
beautiful wetland nature areas, Groningen was an excellent venue for
Click on one of the links below for more information about the
- The Measuring Behavior Conferences -
Measuring Behavior ’98 was the second in a series. Read about the background
and the concept behind the conferences.
- Published Conference Papers - A selection of papers from
the conference has been published as a special issue of the journal Behavior
Research Methods, Instruments & Computers. Click here to review the contents
and to order your personal copy.
- Conference Program at a Glance - An overview of
all conference activities, organized by day.
- Presentations: Index by Topic - An overview of all
oral presentations, posters and demonstrations, grouped by topic category, with links to
- Presentations: Index by Author - An overview of all
oral presentations, posters and demonstrations, ordered alphabetically by first
author, with links to the abstracts.
- Scientific Tours - Six behavioral research laboratories in
and around the University of Groningen offered guided tours to conference delegates.
- Technical Training - Technical training and assistance in
the use of software and instrumentation for behavioral research is one of the key elements
of a Measuring Behavior conference.
- Video Digitization Service - This was a great opportunity for those eager
to enter the world of digital video, or curious what it can mean for their own research.
- Exhibition - Twenty companies participated in an
exhibition of scientific books, instruments and software.
- User Meetings - These sessions were organized
by manufacturers of software and instrumentation for behavioral and
physiological research. The program included presentations about new
developments, demonstrations of new products and a panel discussion.
- Social Program - The program included various
informal occasions where one met coleagues while enjoying haute cuisine!
- Conference Venue - Information about the
conference site, the University and the city of Groningen.
- Post-Conference Excursions - After the meeting,
delegates explored Groningen and surroundings.
- Conference Organization - Program Committee, Local
Organizing Committee and Conference Secretariat.
- Quotes from Delegates - Read what participants had to
say about the meeting.
- Photo Gallery - The Measuring Behavior '98 Photo
Gallery gives you an impression of the atmosphere during the conference.
Have a look!
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