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Xenopus laevis tadpoles are a useful animal model for neurobiology research because they provide a means to study the development of the brain in a species that is both physiologically well-understood and logistically easy to maintain in the laboratory. For behavioral studies, however, their individual and social swimming patterns represent a largely untapped trove of data, due to the lack of a computational tool that can accurately track multiple tadpoles at once in video feeds. This paper presents a system that was developed to accomplish this task, which can reliably track up to six tadpoles in a controlled environment, thereby enabling new research studies that were previously not feasible.
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Hamme, Alexander Hansen, "Quantitative Behavior Tracking of Xenopus laevis Tadpoles for Neurobiology Research" (2018). Senior Projects Fall 2018. 48.