Rodent social behavior

Organizers: Suzanne Peters and Berry Spruijt (Utrecht University); Helen Pothuizen (Delta Phenomics)

Schedule: Friday 29th August, 10:00 - 12:30, Ir. Haakzaal

For a long time the aspect of social behavior has been neglected in (behavioral) neuroscience research and drug discovery. With recent increasing interest in human autism spectrum disorders and other diseases characterized by social dysfunction, this area of research starts to receive growing attention. The development of valid animal models and reliable test paradigms are crucial elements in the process of understanding the underlying mechanisms of these disorders.

The quantification of rodent social behavior has long relied on manual observations. With the increasing focus on the investigation of social behavior of laboratory animals, there is a strong need for more objective, less labor-intensive (i.e. automated) and more ethologically valid methods. For this symposium we invited several key players in the development of advanced technology and methodology to measure social behavior in rodents. These scientists all have developed and/or are using novel automated test paradigms and analysis techniques.


Time Authors Title
10:00-10:20 Fabrice de Chamont, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France Computerized video analysis of social interactions in mice
10:20-10:40 Kristin Branson, HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn, VA, USA JAABA: An interactive machine learning system for automatic annotation of animal behavior
10:40-11:10 Break
11:10-11:30 Diego Sona, Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, Italy Automated Discovery of Behavioural Patterns in Rodents
11:30:11:50 Maurizio Casarrubea, University of Palermo, Italy Temporal structure of rat behavior in the social interaction test
11:50-12:00 Suzanne Peters, Delta Phenomics and Utrecht University, the Netherlands Automated Classification of Rat Social Behavior
12:00-12:30 Suzanne Peters and Berry Spruijt, Delta Phenomics and Utrecht University Discussion

Note: Do not confuse this session with the one on Measuring Rodent Behavior.