CinePlex Basic Behavior Option
CinePlex® Basic Behavior is one of three advanced application-specific options to enhance the CinePlex Behavioral Research System. CinePlex Basic Behavior enables the further breakdown of arenas defined in CinePlex Tracking into various logically-interrelated zones, the generation of simple and complex digital events in response to activity within the zones, and the automatic calculation of real-time statistics.
CinePlex Basic Behavior is an optional program within CinePlex Studio. It builds on tracking data captured by CinePlex Tracking and transforms it into quantifiable behavior necessary for social interaction studies, behavioral training paradigms, and gait analysis to name a few of the possible applications. The CinePlex Tracking option introduced the ability to define arenas and capture timing and positioning data. From there, CinePlex Basic Behavior enables researchers to further breakdown those arenas into various logically-interrelated zones, generate simple and complex digital events in response to activity within the zones, and automatically calculate real-time statistics.
Zones can be designated as dynamic - centered on a tracked object - or static, such as space an animal should traverse to receive an award. Much like arenas, zones can be drawn over the video image guided by shape outline tools or free-handed. Also like arenas, zones can be combined using logical operations. Zones can be further ordered into various sequences. The careful definition and arrangement of zones establishes the foundation for triggering events that convert movement and activity into quantifiable data able to be analyzed.
An event can be created when a tracked object’s locomotion satisfies a logical test causing a true result. An event can be as simple as when an animal enters or leaves a certain zone, or when it reaches a particular speed, or even when it looks at a specific target. Events are visually displayed on the monitor, saved within the data file and can be used to generate output pulses or voltage levels to control or signal other equipment. Events may also be complex and consist of predefined sequences incorporating logical operations, such as generating a digital output when an object enters a zone at a certain speed.
Events establish milestones from which real-time statistics are calculated for behavioral parameters including event time, trajectory length, vectors, angles, speeds, and head direction.
If also working with OmniPlex or MAP Systems online, tracking coordinates are available to online user-written programs via C/C++ and MATLAB® software development kits (SDKs). The SDKs permit further automation of the data manipulation, reducing human error and time required to manually analyze the data.
CinePlex Basic Behavior is a specialized program within CinePlex Studio and is not sold separately. A special license permits access to the advanced features.
You may also be interested CinePlex 3D, the other specialized application-specific option available within CinePlex Studio. Beyond the CinePlex System - if your freely behaving animal experiments involve neural data acquisition - other products such as our PlexBright® Optogenetic Stimulation System, commutators and specialized headstage cables with ultra-fine wire and/or protective wraps may be of value to you.
You are invited to contact a Plexon Sales Engineer for more information and to assist you in determining how to best configure the CinePlex System suite of programs to most effectively support your research.
Note: Image is a courtesy of the Rebecca Burwell Lab, Brown University