Heinrich Heine University

Social learning task in rats

At the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany, PI Dr. Marijn van Wingerden and his PhD student Sander van Gurp study social learning behavior in rats. Their Social Rodent Lab uses EthoVision XT and UltraVox XT for their behavioral studies.


Customer quote

"The combination of Noldus EthoVision for tracking the behavioral state and the position of the animal, in combination with Noldus UltraVox has allowed us to combine information positions, but also to keep track of the ultrasonic vocalizations that the animals are emitting. Now USVs are an important marker of the affective state of the animal."

Dr. M. van Wingerden|Heinrich Heine University, Germany


The team is trying to figure out whether something good happening to the partner rat, will affect learning processes in the observer rat. In other words, they are trying to figure out whether the rats can learn from each other. They hope to contribute to the development of potential interventions.

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EthoVision social rats heinrich heine university

Customer quote

"It would be really beneficial to have an adequate animal model that captures this social behavior."

Dr. M. van Wingerden|Heinrich Heine University, Germany

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