Biologically inspired robots elicit a robust fear response in zebrafish

Fabrizio Ladu, Tiziana Bartolini, Sarah G. Panitz, Sachit Butail, Simone Macrì, Maurizio Porfiri

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherSPIE
Volume9429
EditionJanuary
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015
EventBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2015 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Mar 9 2015Mar 11 2015

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OtherBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2015
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period3/9/153/11/15

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Keywords

  • Animal models
  • Anti-predatory behavior
  • Anxiety
  • Biologically-inspired robotics
  • Zebrafish

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Ladu, F., Bartolini, T., Panitz, S. G., Butail, S., Macrì, S., & Porfiri, M. (2015). Biologically inspired robots elicit a robust fear response in zebrafish. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (January ed., Vol. 9429). [94290Q] SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2083633

Biologically inspired robots elicit a robust fear response in zebrafish. / Ladu, Fabrizio; Bartolini, Tiziana; Panitz, Sarah G.; Butail, Sachit; Macrì, Simone; Porfiri, Maurizio.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 9429 January. ed. SPIE, 2015. 94290Q.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Ladu, F, Bartolini, T, Panitz, SG, Butail, S, Macrì, S & Porfiri, M 2015, Biologically inspired robots elicit a robust fear response in zebrafish. in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. January edn, vol. 9429, 94290Q, SPIE, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2015, San Diego, United States, 3/9/15. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2083633
Ladu F, Bartolini T, Panitz SG, Butail S, Macrì S, Porfiri M. Biologically inspired robots elicit a robust fear response in zebrafish. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. January ed. Vol. 9429. SPIE. 2015. 94290Q https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2083633
Ladu, Fabrizio ; Bartolini, Tiziana ; Panitz, Sarah G. ; Butail, Sachit ; Macrì, Simone ; Porfiri, Maurizio. / Biologically inspired robots elicit a robust fear response in zebrafish. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 9429 January. ed. SPIE, 2015.
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