Advanced

A technological framework for running and analyzing animal head turning experiments

Oh, Jinook ; Hoeschele, Marisa ; Reber, Stephan Alexander LU ; Slipogor, Vedrana ; Bugnyar, Thomas and Fitch, W. Tecumseh (2017) In Behavior Research Methods 50(3). p.1154-1165
Abstract
Head turning experiments are widely used to test the cognition of both human infants and non-human animal species. Monitoring head turns allows researchers to non-invasively assess attention to acoustic or visual stimuli. In the majority of head turning experiments, the head direction analyses have been accomplished manually, which is extremely labor intensive and can be affected by subjectivity or other human errors and limitations. In the current study, we introduce an open-source computer program for measuring head directions of freely moving animals including common marmoset monkeys (Callithrix jacchus), American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis), and Mongolian gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus) to reduce human effort and time in... (More)
Head turning experiments are widely used to test the cognition of both human infants and non-human animal species. Monitoring head turns allows researchers to non-invasively assess attention to acoustic or visual stimuli. In the majority of head turning experiments, the head direction analyses have been accomplished manually, which is extremely labor intensive and can be affected by subjectivity or other human errors and limitations. In the current study, we introduce an open-source computer program for measuring head directions of freely moving animals including common marmoset monkeys (Callithrix jacchus), American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis), and Mongolian gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus) to reduce human effort and time in video coding. We also illustrate an exemplary framework for an animal head turning experiment with common marmoset monkeys. This framework incorporates computer-aided processes of data acquisition, preprocessing, and analysis using the aforementioned software and additional open-source software and hardware. (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
; ; ; ; and
publishing date
type
Contribution to journal
publication status
published
subject
in
Behavior Research Methods
volume
50
issue
3
pages
1154 - 1165
publisher
Springer
external identifiers
  • scopus:85023752075
ISSN
1554-3528
DOI
10.3758/s13428-017-0934-2
language
English
LU publication?
no
id
2257def8-1566-4fcb-97e9-d7d651d697af
date added to LUP
2018-10-03 00:22:24
date last changed
2020-12-08 05:00:53
@article{2257def8-1566-4fcb-97e9-d7d651d697af,
  abstract     = {Head turning experiments are widely used to test the cognition of both human infants and non-human animal species. Monitoring head turns allows researchers to non-invasively assess attention to acoustic or visual stimuli. In the majority of head turning experiments, the head direction analyses have been accomplished manually, which is extremely labor intensive and can be affected by subjectivity or other human errors and limitations. In the current study, we introduce an open-source computer program for measuring head directions of freely moving animals including common marmoset monkeys (Callithrix jacchus), American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis), and Mongolian gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus) to reduce human effort and time in video coding. We also illustrate an exemplary framework for an animal head turning experiment with common marmoset monkeys. This framework incorporates computer-aided processes of data acquisition, preprocessing, and analysis using the aforementioned software and additional open-source software and hardware.},
  author       = {Oh, Jinook and Hoeschele, Marisa and Reber, Stephan Alexander and Slipogor, Vedrana and Bugnyar, Thomas and Fitch, W. Tecumseh},
  issn         = {1554-3528},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {1154--1165},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {Behavior Research Methods},
  title        = {A technological framework for running and analyzing animal head turning experiments},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13428-017-0934-2},
  doi          = {10.3758/s13428-017-0934-2},
  volume       = {50},
  year         = {2017},
}