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Biologically inspired robots elicit a robust fear response in zebrafish
Author(s): Fabrizio Ladu; Tiziana Bartolini; Sarah G. Panitz; Sachit Butail; Simone Macrì; Maurizio Porfiri
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Paper Abstract

We investigate the behavioral response of zebrafish to three fear-evoking stimuli. In a binary choice test, zebrafish are exposed to a live allopatric predator, a biologically-inspired robot, and a computer-animated image of the live predator. A target tracking algorithm is developed to score zebrafish behavior. Unlike computer-animated images, the robotic and live predator elicit a robust avoidance response. Importantly, the robotic stimulus elicits more consistent inter-individual responses than the live predator. Results from this effort are expected to aid in hypothesis-driven studies on zebrafish fear response, by offering a valuable approach to maximize data-throughput and minimize animal subjects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 March 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9429, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2015, 94290Q (26 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2083633
Show Author Affiliations
Fabrizio Ladu, New York Univ. (United States)
Tiziana Bartolini, New York Univ. (United States)
Sarah G. Panitz, New York Univ. (United States)
Sachit Butail, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (India)
Simone Macrì, New York Univ. (United States)
Maurizio Porfiri, New York Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9429:
Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2015
Akhlesh Lakhtakia; Mato Knez; Raúl J. Martín-Palma, Editor(s)

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