Optogenetics is an important development for behavioral research. With EthoVision XT tracking software, the actual influence of specific neurons on behavior can be investigated automatically.
But there is more. With the Trial & Hardware Control Module you can control the Optogenetics stimulation device (such as Prizmatix equipment) automatically. You can switch the device on and off at a certain time. But, you can also switch it on and off when your animal shows a certain behavior. For example when it has been drinking for a certain time, or when it enters a zone in your test arena.
When you also have the Social Interaction Module you can apply a stimulus when your animal approaches another one, or when they show cooperative behavior. With rats and mice you can also extend your EthoVision XT setup with the Multiple Body Points Module. Then you can include the orientation of your animals in your test protocol as well, for example to apply a stimulus when one animal’s nose point is near the tail base of the other one.
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