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Wineke Schoo
03-02-1998, 10:19 PM
Dear all,

The following is a simple text version of the preliminary program and
call for abstracts for the 2nd International Conference on Methods and
Techniques in Behavioral Research. For more information and on-line
registration please visit the conference Web site at
http://www.noldus.com/events/mb98/mb98.htm. Please note that abstracts
are due by 1 April 1998.

Yours sincerely,

Wineke Schoo
Chair Local Organizing Committee

2nd International Conference on Methods and Techniques
in Behavioral Research

Groningen, The Netherlands
18-21 August 1998

Following the success of Measuring Behavior '96, we are pleased to
announce that the 2nd International Conference on Methods and
Techniques in Behavioral Research will be held at the University of
Groningen, The Netherlands, 18-21 August 1998. Conference host prof.
dr. J.M. Koolhaas and his fellow members of the program committee are
pleased to offer you an exciting scientific, technical and social


Measuring Behavior '98 will offer a variety of ways to gather and
exchange information. The conference program consists of oral
presentations, poster sessions, demonstrations, scientific tours,
technical training, user meetings and a pleasant social program. There
will also be an exhibition of scientific books, instruments and
software. And after the meeting, you can explore Groningen and
surroundings on one of the post-conference excursions!


Measuring Behavior '98 will devote special attention to the
integration of advanced behavioral research with physiological
measurements. With 'integration' we refer to the measurement of
behavioral characteristics combined with in vivo (non-invasive)
recording of the dynamic changes in time of physiological parameters.
Exciting new developments in both the behavioral and physiological
sciences make such an integration feasible. The development of
techniques and generic software tools can form a bridge between
disciplines, which are often unaware of techniques already available
in other fields. For example, data analysis methods stemming from
ethology are now being used by applied psychologists, and path
analysis techniques originally designed by entomologists are equally
useful for behavioral pharmacologists studying rodents. Moreover,
recent developments in radiotelemetry, brain imaging, chip technology
and biosensor techniques originally used by physiologists are now
being used for simultaneous recording of physiological processes and
behavior. To this end, we hope that Measuring Behavior '98, just as in
1996, will serve as a common ground for crossfertilization of research


with preliminary titles of lectures

+ Serge Daan (Department of Behavioral Biology, University of
Groningen, Haren, The Netherlands). Data logging methods for the study
of behavior and chronobiology.

+ Stephen Ellwood (Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of
Zoology, Oxford University, Oxford, UK). Remote video surveillance of
wildlife behavior.

+ Laura Goodwin (Department of Education, University of Colorado,
Denver, USA). Reliability of observational data: obtaining different
results with different estimation techniques.

+ Judith Lauter (Department of Communication and Disorders,
University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, USA). The "trimodal brain":
integrating auditory neuroscience, brain imaging and the study of
behavioral disorders.

+ Walter Tornatzky (Department of Psychology, Tufts University,
Medford, USA). Using biotelemetry for integrated measurement of
behavior and physiology in laboratory animals.

+ Hans Veenema & J.A.R.A.M. van Hooff (Ethology and Socio-ecology,
Department of Comparative Physiology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The
Netherlands). Age-related changes in cognitive behavior in relation to
rank: using touch-screen displays in large groups of primates.

+ Berry Wijers (Institute for Experimental and Occupational
Psychology, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands).
Using real-time neuroimaging techniques for the study of cognitive


At a Measuring Behavior conference, all presentations deal with
methods and techniques in behavioral research, with special emphasis
on the methodological aspects. Validation of innovative techniques is
an acceptable subject for a paper or poster as well.

Since Measuring Behavior '98 will devote special attention to the
integration of behavioral and physiological measurements,
presentations on physiological techniques are most welcome. Note,
however, that there must always be a clear link with behavior.

The scientific program of Measuring Behavior '98 includes six
symposia, with the following topics (preliminary, non-exhaustive

Behavioral Recording
+ Activity monitoring
+ Event recording, video coding and annotation
+ Locomotion and flight compensation
+ Video tracking
+ Radio tracking
+ Acoustical monitoring and analysis
+ Eye tracking
+ Automatic recognition of behavior patterns
+ Thermal imaging

Behavioral Analysis
+ Sequential analysis and pattern detection
+ Reliability analysis
+ Track analysis
+ Integrated analysis of behavior and physiology
+ Visualization techniques

Brain Imaging and Behavior
+ Positron Emission Tomography
+ Magnetic Resonance Imaging
+ EEG, etc.

Biotelemetry and Behavior
+ Using telemetry to measure body temperature, blood pressure, ECG,
actvity, etc.

Behavior and Physiology
+ Data loggers and transponders
+ In vivo microdialysis
+ Biosensors

Behavioral Models
+ New behavioral paradigms and tests
+ Simulation of behavior


Measuring Behavior '98 will be held at the Center for Biological
Sciences of the University of Groningen in Haren, The Netherlands. The
university, founded in 1614, is the second oldest of the country.
Featuring a historic city center with great outdoor terraces and
located close to the Wadden Sea, one of Europe's most beautiful
wetland nature areas, Groningen is an excellent venue for our


Measuring Behavior '98 offers three types of presentations:

+ Oral papers - Oral presentations will be limited to invited
speakers and delegates who submit abstracts of outstanding quality, on
a subject of general interest to the conference participants. The
duration of talks is 25 or 40 minutes (the Program Committee allocates
the time per speaker) followed by discussion. + Poster presentations -
Posters will be on display throughout the conference. During the
official poster sessions, authors are expected to be present next to
their poster in order to answer questions of fellow participants. The
poster boards are 120 cm high and 100 cm wide. + Demonstrations -
Scientists who have developed equipment or software which is relevant
to the theme of the conference are invited demonstrate it at the
meeting. Demonstrations by conference participants are accomodated in
conjunction with the poster sessions. A demonstration can be combined
with a poster or can stand by itself. The conference organizers can
assist you to arrange the necessary computer, audio/visual and any
other provisions.


Abstract (max. 500 words, including bibliographical references): a 3.5
inch PC or Macintosh diskette with the text of your abstract and two
printed copies must be enclosed with this form. Please write your name
and the file format on the diskette label. Files should be in
WordPerfect, Word or plain ASCII text format. You can also submit your
abstract via electronic mail and via the conference Web site


+ Jaap Koolhaas, Department of Animal Physiology, University of
Groningen, Haren, The Netherlands (chair)

+ Berry Spruijt, Animal Welfare Centre, Utrecht University, Utrecht,
The Netherlands

+ Maria Boccia, Observational Methods Core, Frank Porter Graham Child
Development Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

+ William Bell, Department of Entomology, University of Kansas,
Lawrence, USA

+ Bert Mulder, Institute for Experimental and Occupational
Psychology, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

+ Roger Bakeman, Department of Psychology, Georgia State University,
Atlanta, USA

+ Lucas Noldus, Noldus Information Technology b.v., Wageningen, The


1 April 1998 Deadline for submission of abstracts
1 June 1998 Notification of acceptance of abstracts
15 June 1998 Deadline for early registration (reduced fee)
18 August 1998 Welcome reception
19-21 August 1998 Conference sessions
22 August 1998 Post-conference excursions


Before 15 June 1998:
Delegates: NLG 500
Students: NLG 250

After 15 June 1998:
Delegates: NLG 600
Students: NLG 300

(Exchange rate: NLG 1,- = approx. US$ 0,50)


Measuring Behavior '98
Conference Secretariat
P.O. Box 268
6700 AG Wageningen
The Netherlands
Phone: +31-317-497677
Fax: +31-317-424496
E-mail: mb98@noldus.nl
Web: http://www.noldus.com/events/mb98/mb98.htm