The Observer XT: A tool for the integration and synchronization of multimodal signals

P.H. Zimmerman, J.E. Bolhuis, A. Willemsen, E.S. Meyer, L.P.J.J. Noldus

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Abstract

The Observer was originally developed as a manual event recorder for the collection, management, analysis, and presentation of observational data in animals. Because of the flexibility of later versions, it became clear that The Observer was suitable for almost any study involving collection of observational data in both animals and humans. Furthermore, the most recent version of The Observer (The Observer XT) allows the integration and synchronization of multimodal signals from various sources, such as observational, video, tracking, and physiological data. This article describes how The Observer XT was used to integrate and synchronize video, observational, tracking, and physiological data from an experiment carried out in 2001 at the Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences of Wageningen University and Research Centre. The integration and synchronization of these multimodal signals in The Observer XT allows the user to draw a more complete picture of the phenomena under study
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)731-735
JournalBehavior Research Methods
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • individual coping characteristics
  • heart-rate
  • pigs
  • behavior
  • strategies
  • horses

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