High-Speed Videography of Embodied Active Sensing in the Rodent Whisker System

  • Jason T. Ritt
Part of the Neuromethods book series (NM, volume 67)


Self-motion is often a major component of sensation. Comprehensive understanding of natural sensory processing in neural systems thus requires neural recording be coupled to high-resolution observation of behavior. The rodent vibrissa (whisker) system has several advantages as a model for network function during sensory behaviors, but only recently have inputs at the whisker level received serious study. This chapter reviews methods for capturing biological motion via high-speed videography, with emphasis on tracking rodent whiskers or other similar processes such as insect antennae.

Key words

Active touch Vibrissa Digital video Computer vision Biomechanics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jason T. Ritt
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  1. 1.Department of Biomedical EngineeringBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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