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BMC Biol. 2018 Feb 23;16(1):23. doi: 10.1186/s12915-018-0494-7.

Measuring behavior across scales.

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Department of Biology, Emory University, 1510 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, 30322, GA, USA. gordon.berman@emory.edu.

Abstract

The need for high-throughput, precise, and meaningful methods for measuring behavior has been amplified by our recent successes in measuring and manipulating neural circuitry. The largest challenges associated with moving in this direction, however, are not technical but are instead conceptual: what numbers should one put on the movements an animal is performing (or not performing)? In this review, I will describe how theoretical and data analytical ideas are interfacing with recently-developed computational and experimental methodologies to answer these questions across a variety of contexts, length scales, and time scales. I will attempt to highlight commonalities between approaches and areas where further advances are necessary to place behavior on the same quantitative footing as other scientific fields.

PMID:
29475451
PMCID:
PMC5824583
DOI:
10.1186/s12915-018-0494-7
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