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Hands-on learning tools for behavioral neuroscience

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How it Works

Active learning for animal behavior
Tablet showing video of mouse behavior running in BehaviorCloud
  • Share video

    Upload your own animal behavior videos or choose one of our's. Share videos by sending invites to students. Students log in through their own account to view your materials.

  • Record live video

    Alternatively, run real behavioral trials in-class without any expensive equipment. Simply download the BehaviorCloud Camera app onto any smartphone to stream real-time video data into your account for analysis.

  • Assign analysis

    Students can observe videos of behaviors, access manual behavior scoring tools, and run automated activity tracking algorithms to generate real data. Export .csv files with variables like duration, latency, and count for downstream statistical analysis.

What educators love

Cloud-based and hands-on
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  • Research methods

    Students get a hands-on look at how to analyze animal behavior and produce real data.

  • Behavioral Neuroscience

    Teach ethology online - videos of social interactions, aggression, maternal behavior, and more.

  • Cloud-based platform

    Students can work on assignments from anywhere just by logging into their account.

Example Exercise #1

Quantifying Rodent Anxiety-like Behavior
  • Thigmotaxis

    Anxiety testing in rodents is based on their innate aversion to open spaces. Using the provided videos of open field and elevated plus maze tests, have students upload the videos to their account and draw analysis zones (center square for testing central tendency in the open field and open vs. closed arms for the elevated plus maze) and then generate tracked video data. Where do the mice spend more time? Where do they prefer to rest?

  • Behavior Changes Over Time

    As rodents habituate to a novel environment their behavior changes. Have students regenerate their analyzed data, this time using time bins to analyze each video in 30 second blocks. How does the behavior change over the course of the test?

Example Exercise #2

Exploring Rodent Social Behaviors
  • Social Behaviors

    When two unfamiliar rodents are introduced into a novel cage for the first time, a number of behaviors can be observed. Have students describe what social behaviors they can observe in this video.

  • Social Hierarchies

    Rodents establish social hierarchies like many other species. Often the larger mouse is the most dominant. Have students upload the video to their acccount and set up a manual scoring experiment. Code behaviors like sniffing and running for the larger mouse and then reanalyze for the smaller mouse. What differences can you observe in the behavior of the two mice during this encounter? Which mouse appears to be dominant?

What you Need

Sign up for an account and start now
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  • BehaviorCloud account

    Start now by signing up for a free account. Upload or record video, analyze data, and share. We've found that our free trial account is plenty for most educational use cases, but if your plans involve heavier use of the software please contact us. We'd be happy to figure out how to best support your educational program!

  • And if you plan to record video...
  • Android or iOS device

    You will need an Android device running 4.3 or newer or iOS device running iOS 9 or newer. We recommend our Video Bundle.

  • BehaviorCloud Camera app

    Install the free BehaviorCloud Camera Android App from the Play Store or iPhone App from the App Store. The app allows you to stream video data from a phone or mobile device to your secure account.

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