This article presents recent development of the automated cage for optogenic experiments. A new electromagnetic localization system introduced to simplify localization system hardware infrastructure and measurement procedure is described. Preliminary experimental results are provided. Ongoing development of the implantable device in the context of communication protocols and utilization with a new localization system is covered.
In this article there is presented an implementation of control system for the extended experiments involving both the advanced functionalities of home-cage environments and optogenetic mechanisms. The issues associated with the system from control perspective are shown. The introduced novel mechanisms of developed system are discussed. Exemplary upcoming experiments with the utilization of the system are presented.
The objective of this article is to present a prototype of miniature, low power implantable device, suitable for optogenetics. The device is designed to control the light stimulation by generating the signal that controls the LEDs. Another function of the device is to gather the data from measurement sensors, sending it through the wireless interface and to provide location service functionality.
This article presents a modular control system used in Eco-HAB experimentation system. Features specific to the solution are covered. Control system is described in details. The architecture is outlined in the context of requirements to be met. Modes of utilization of implantable device, time synchronization, localization service and antenna driving oscillation fine-tuning as well as preliminary experiments in preparation are described.
IntelliCage is a fully automated, computer controlled system, which can be used for long-term monitoring of behavior of
group-housed mice. Using standardized experimental protocols we can assess cognitive abilities and behavioral
flexibility in appetitively and aversively motivated tasks, as well as measure social influences on learning of the subjects.
We have also identified groups of neurons specifically activated by appetitively and aversively motivated learning within
the amygdala, function of which we are going to investigate optogenetically in the future.