Professional scoring and analysis software

The Observer XT

The Observer XT is the ideal tool for many researchers because it saves you time scoring behaviors and it allows you to synchronize and analyze multiple signals (video, audio, physiology, etc) all together.

  • Code behavior in a quantitative way and visualize them on a timeline

  • Easily integrate video and physiological data

  • Calculate statistics and assess reliability

 

Screenshot The Observer XT coding scheme animal

Software for scoring behaviors

The Observer XT supports the entire workflow of your project, from setting up to gathering and analyzing the observational data. You can extend your system with different modules, so the system grows with you as your research progresses. Design the setup you need!

 
 


Customer quote

"I would buy The Observer software again. It saved me months of time!"

Mrs. E. Eadie|University of New Mexico, USA

 


Publication power with powerful data analysis

The analysis power of The Observer XT enables you to publish your work in scientific journals. See here The Observer XT publications over the years. Source: Google Scholar.

If you'd like to learn more about the data analysis capabilities of the software, check out the data analysis page which contains information about data visualization, how to design data analysis profiles, and reliability analysis.

 
The Observer XT publications over the years animal behavior research
 

Resources

If you'd like to get more reference materials, check out the resources page. On this page, we present white papers, product overviews, and reference lists which helps you to get to know The Observer XT software. Here are already a couple of references to scientific publications.

  • Edwards, L.E.; Plush, K.J.; Ralph, C.R.; Morrison, R.S.; Acharya, R.Y.; Doyle, R.E. (2019). Enrichment with lucerne hay improves sow maternal behaviour and improves piglet survival. Animals, 9, 558; doi:10.3390/ani9080558
  • Koppik, M. Thiel, A. Hoffmeister, T.S. (2019). Egg laying rather then host quality or host feeding experience drives habitat estimation in the parasitic wasp Nasonia vitripennis. Ecology and Evolution, 9, 14015-14022
  • Kuti, D.; Winkler, Z.; Horváth, K.; Juhász, B.; Paholcsek, M.; Stágel, A.; Gulyás, G.; Czeglédi, L.; Ferenczi, S.; Kovács, K.J. (2020). Gastrontestinal (non-systemic) antibiotic refaximin differentially affects chronic stress-induced changes in colon microbiome and gut permeability without effect on behavior. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 84, 218-228
  • Stohn, J.P.; Martinex, M.E.; St. Germain, D.L.; Hernandez, A. (2019). Adult onset of type 3 deiodinase deficiency in mice alters brain gene expression and increases locomotor activity. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 110, 104439
 
 


The Observer XT at the core of your lab

Observing animal behavior is done in a wide variety of research areas, from fundamental neurosciences to wildlife behavior studies or farm animal welfare studies. The Observer XT allows multiple signals (video, audio, physiology, etc) to be synchronized and analyzed together, making it the ideal tool for many researchers. Below you see an example of a study in which data from saddle pressure sensors were integrated into The Observer XT.

Screenshot The Observer XT data integration visualization horse saddle pressure
 



Faster results with The Observer XT

Make your ethogram (coding scheme), score behaviors, and analyze them with The Observer XT. Watch this short video to learn more about data scoring and analysis.

If you'd like to try the software yourself, please request the free trial via the form below.

 
 


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