By Staff Reports
(DGIwire) – The tools used by neuroscientists for experimental research are constantly evolving. Consider, for example, the famous piece of lab equipment known as the operant conditioning box. It has long been used as a way to measure the response of lab animals to various types of stimuli. Over the past few decades, innovation has transformed how it works and what scientists can learn from it—and innovation continues today. A recent article in Laboratory Equipment magazine, written by an application scientist in neuroscience at Harvard Bioscience, profiled how this technology has evolved, decade by decade.
“Sophisticated new technologies—leading to innovations in both in hardware and software—continue to revolutionize the workings of operant boxes and other types of equipment in neuroscience,” says Jeff Duchemin, President and CEO of Harvard Bioscience. “These are expanding how researchers interact with animals in the lab as well as the potential findings that can result from these types of studies.”
Holliston, MA-based Harvard Bioscience offers the highest-quality tools and equipment for university, government and other research laboratories, including those doing research with potential applications to neuroscience. Its product range is extensive, from molecular analysis instruments to electrophysiology tools. The company’s subsidiaries offer a complete line of instrumentation in multiple sectors including laboratory fluidics, molecular analysis, cell physiology and animal physiology.
“Technologies are continuing to make staggering leaps, and capitalizing on new solutions that would adjust to these rapid advances will be fundamental to address the changing nature of neuroscience research,” adds Duchemin