Behavioral Monitoring

Cognitive Perception System

Cognitive Perception System

The Industry’s first Cognitive Perception System for studying cognitive animal behavior!!

The essence of the Cognitive Perception System is to provide an environment where the animal has an ever-existing A-B choice. “A-B choice” means that the subject animal is in a series of interconnected chambers where a door A and a door B each lead to an identical adjoining chamber. Each chamber looks visually the same as all the other chambers in size and configuration. Each chamber has a non-visual parameter, temperature, sound, vibration or smell that is changeable in a controlled way by you. As a result, in response to a cue, the animal is given a choice of staying where it is or going through door A or door B to another chamber.

Cognitive Perception System has four chambers, set in the corners of a square, that are connected via doors through which the subject animal may choose to pass. Each of the chambers is capable of having an aspect of its environment changed. In either the sound or temperature model, an aversion stimuli (foot shock in various current ranges) can be added to the chambers of the Cognitive Perception System.

The System include cues (light, sound) to which the animal may become trained to respond and switches, levers, lickometers or other operant interacting devices for allowing the animal to respond or desirable substance sources such as food feeders, drug, alcohol or medicament dispensing devices as rewards or as part of your experiment. The System gives you a whole new way to study cognition!!

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Startle Reflex system

Superior Sound Attenuation

The cabinets have set the industry high mark with 10dB greater attenuation factor over all other systems. This critical characteristic is one of the primary reasons our system is capable of sound pressure control at 57dB. In the past the background sound levels used in classic publications has been 70dB. This has not been because scientists did not want to use lower values but because the attenuation was insufficient to allow it.

New Startle Monitor Measures Include:

  • Base Line Activity (Up to 250ms of subject activity prior to the record window)
  • Latency to Onset – this is in addition to the latency to peak.
  • Frequency of Response
  • Both Negative and Positive Peaks and their accompanying latencies
  • RMS Average – expanding on simple average to help provide a better understanding of the power of each response
  • Rise Time of Response

Classic Measures:

  • Peak Response
  • Average Response
  • Latency to Peak

Highly Accurate Sound Pressure Control

The Startle Monitor system controls sound pressure to +/- 1dB. That accuracy is present from 57dB to 120dB and consistent from chamber to chamber. It is the only system that even provides you with a specification, let alone one that is this tight.

Quick and Easy Access to Data

Once all sessions are complete for a study it is a simple and quick task to select each file in that study and have the data reduced into a single file for analysis.