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Monitoring and Classifying Complex Social Interactions
Yeda R&D Co. Ltd Israel flag Israel
Abstract ID: 1571
There is a rapidly growing interest in detecting the molecular substrates of social behaviour. This interest is driven by the vast implications of such understanding in both research...
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Introduction/Background

There is a rapidly growing interest in detecting the molecular substrates of social behaviour. This interest is driven by the vast implications of such understanding in both research and the pharmaceutical industry, since some prevalent pathological conditions are mainly characterized by a behavioural deficit or abnormality. It is extremely challenging to quantify social behaviour in a reliable manner. Existing methods struggle to find a balance between objectively quantifying behaviour on one hand while enabling a natural, stress-free behavioural estimation on the other hand. Currently, researchers work in a strictly controlled and constrained environment that is estranged and stressful to the animals. The outcome is a highly contaminated measurement of natural behaviour. This difficultly becomes increasingly complex when more than one animal is involved as often applied in social behavioural studies.

Aims/Hypothesis

There is a need for a rigorous method of characterization of social organizational deficiencies and evaluation of their severity.

Results

Researchers at the Weizmann institute developed a method for tightly controlled monitoring of social behaviour in a semi-natural environment. They used integrated and synchronized chip reporting and continuous video postage to precisely locate each individual animal. Using this automated monitoring which provides an exceptional temporal resolution they achieved correct identification of numerous basic individual behaviours as well as complex social behaviours. Such complex behavioural profiles set the basis for subsequent analysis which reveals the formation of a social hierarchy.

Conclusion

A novel social behaviour monitoring system automatically tracks the precise location of each animal at excellent temporal resolution. This innovative technology provides simultaneous identification of complex social and individual behaviours via an integration of RFID and video surveillance.

Relevance/Opportunity

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Last Updated May 2015
Technology Type PLATFORM
Phase of Development CLINICAL TRIALS
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