ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-180131-7
Computer Animation Technology in Behavioral Sciences: A Sequential, Automatic, and High-Throughput Approach to Quantifying Personality in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)
Fangmeier, M.L., Noble, D.W.A., O'Dea, R.E., Usui, T., Lagisz, M., Hesselson, D., Nakagawa, S.
Date: 2018
Source: Zebrafish   15(2): 206-210 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Hesselson, Daniel
Keywords: animal personality, automation, behavioral phenotyping, consistency
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal*
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Computer Simulation*
  • High-Throughput Screening Assays
  • Personality
  • Phenotype
  • Video Recording
  • Zebrafish*
PubMed: 29381430 Full text @ Zebrafish
An emergent field of animal personality necessitates a method for repeated high-throughput quantification of behavioral traits across contexts. In this study, we have developed an automated video stimulus approach to sequentially present different contexts relevant to five "personality" traits (exploration, boldness, neophobia, aggression, and sociability), successfully quantifying repeatable trait measurements in multiple individuals simultaneously. Although our method is designed to quantify personality traits in zebrafish, our approach can accommodate the quantification of other behaviors, and could be customized for other species. All digital materials and detailed protocols are publicly available online for researchers to freely use and modify.