A new blog for scientists, students and techs using The Open Field Test (OFT) to assay general locomotor activity levels and anxiety in scientific research.
In the blog we will discuss developments like quantifying the animal's moment-by-moment developmental dynamics.
Analysis techniques for Dry Mazes, Morris Water Maze and the Open Field Test
Characterization and Quantification of Spatial Learning Strategies.
These really fall into the category of sharing ones own notebook with the online community and I'm afraid without scaffolding - but I still welcome informed feedback. We've been looking at an additional "derivative" class of analysis parameters that might be shared over multiple assays. These include turning latency, decision frequency and decisional entropy. There is a considerable similarity between some of my previous predictive behavior work and OFT/MWM etc in that the concept of choice modeling as a temporal Markov chain occurs in both. Looking at the way things are modelled, measuring the first differential of the data refocuses the assay in the subjects decision making process and search strategies and moves the analysis to an animal centred approach from what is otherwise a meta analytical approach.