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Behavioural tracking software

   
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Take a quick look at ANY-maze tracking in action

This video presents a compilation of short clips of ANY-maze tracking in a variety of apparatus: open field, plus-maze, water-maze and the Y-maze.
Remember, ANY-maze doesn't require you to set any threshold, colour value, or other arcane tracking parameter, you just put an animal in the apparatus and it tracks - it really is that simple.

 

ANY-maze reliably tracks the animal even in the most adverse conditions

In the example on the left, a rat is being tracked in an open field in low light. Despite the poor illumination, ANY-maze precisely tracks the centre and head of the animal.
Click the image to review this and other videos of ANY-maze tracking in various adverse conditions.

 

ANY-maze tracks the entire body of the animal - shown in blue in the image on the right

This allows you to define zone entries based on the amount of the animal's body that is in the zone.
For example, in this plus-maze ANY-maze has been set up to only score an arm entry when 80% of the animal's body is in the zone. This equates nicely to the four paws in the arm rule, traditionally used to define arm entries in this test.

 

ANY-maze can also track the head and tail of rodents

This is especially useful in tests such as Novel Object Recognition, where the position of the animal's head in relation to the objects is of critical importance.
Using the head position, ANY-maze is also able to determine an animal's orientation (i.e. the direction it is facing) and can report such things as the time it is orientated towards a particular zone.
Click the image to watch a video of this test.

 

ANY-maze can detect periods when the animal is immobile and periods when it's freezing

Immobility is usually used to determine whether the animal is remaining in the same place, even if it is moving its body, for example, it might be grooming.
Freezing on the other hand detects whether the animal is completely motionless (other than breathing) and is perfect for automating tests such as fear conditioning.

 

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