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Best Reads of 2016

Friday, 30 December, 2016

As we're nearing the end of 2016 it's time to look back one more time. What did you read about most? These 10 blog posts that we wrote during the past year are the best read blog posts on the Behavioral Research Blog in 2016! 

The 10 Best Reads of 2016 on the Behavioral Research Blog

2017 is just around the corner! While we alreay looked back at some amazing events that defined our year, I cannot miss the opportunity to look back one last time. This year we published 55 new blog posts about behavioral research. 

From research posts about how to measure flow and how to use FaceReader in the lab to the awesomeness of measuring behavior and conference reports, our bloggers and guest bloggers covered it.

10. The bat - moth aerial battle in 3D

At Dartmouth College they are taking the 3D approach to the study of the interaction between moths and bats. The study of this interesting interaction to track bats and moths in a large outdoor enclosure, with the use of the Noldus Track3D system, an add-on to the EthoVision XT video tracking suite, got your attention.

Read the full blog post here.

9 . How fruit flies find your food (and mates!)

With 75% genetic commonality with humans, particularly the genes that cause human disease, fruit flies are a popular animal model for researchers.

Read the full blog post here.

8. Understanding adolescent emotions

How are adolescents’ emotions socialized by mothers and close friends? A 2015 study focuses on dealing with depression in adolescence gives more insight in that.

Read the full blog post here.

7. Best consumer behavior conferences to attend in 2016

Every year hundreds of consumer behavior conferences are organized around the world. We sorted out some of the best consumer behavior conferences to attend in 2016 and will keep you updated in 2017 as well!

See the full blog post here.

6. Comparing two different skin-to-skin contact techniques

Skin-to-skin contact is essential in developing a feeling of safety, and creating the bond between parent and child, especially with premature babies. Researchers in France looked into kangaroo supported diagonal flexion positioning. The Observer XTwas used to code and analyze these video recordings, and get new insights into skin-to-skin contact for communication between mothers and very preterm infants.

5. EthoVision XT and the open field test

Imagine you are dropped in the center of a wide open field. Would you explore the entire area? Or hunker down around the edges, fearing predators and other unknowns? Your internal state probably impacts how you respond in this situation. Researchers have long used this situational paradigm to test for anxiety-like behavior in rodents, and you wanted to know more.

4. Assessing motor deficits in mice following traumatic brain injury

Marcelle Cline and Donna Cross shared their insights on testing TBI mice with the CatWalk XT system. There is even a free white paper with tips and tricks!

CatWalk XT

Free CatWalk XT white paper on TBI mice testing

The CatWalk XT gait analysis system can be an incredibly useful tool in assessing the subtle motor deficits exhibited by mice post-TBI, making it ideal for detecting deficits that might not be readily observable to researchers. 

But how can you use the CatWalk XT effectively for your own TBI models? We have a few tips!

3. How to measure complex exploratory behavior in larval zebrafish

Behavioral tests as the open field may overlook complex patterns of behavior. Frank M. Scalzo and his colleague Brandon Chen shared their insights about a new set-up for zebrafish larvae.

The ZEMCET consists of two, six-well testing arenas. Some wells in each arena are connected by a channel allowing zebrafish larvae to travel between individual wells and thus, the possibility to explore all six-wells.

2. Emotion analysis can be beneficial to researchers in decision making

The recent interest in emotional responses as correlates of decision making in economics have sparked a series of papers that have used FaceReader (in connection with z-Tree). An increased interest in such studies has led David Schindler and colleagues to develop a software, µCap (muCap), which is capable of creating a link between video footage and phases of the experiment, suitable for automated analysis in FaceReader.

Read the full blog post here.

1. No science fiction: Magnetogenetics and how to induce animal behavior

Magnetogenetics is a new alternative to optogenetics and chemogenetics, and proofs to be a popular topic! This blog post tops our list of most read articles written and read in 2016.

Read the full blog post here.

That's it, our 10 most read blog posts written this year. Now it’s time to say goodbye to 2016 and look ahead. We are definitely looking forward to bringing you more news and research updates in 2017.

Happy New Year from the Behavioral Research Blog blogging team!

What was your blog post of choice this year?