Behavioral analysis in caenorhabditis elegans

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Behavior is an eventual output of animals’ responses to environmental stimuli and is also an outcome of highly orchestrated mechanisms with different levels. Understanding the principles of behavioral regulation thus requires the illumination of such mechanisms from multiple angles. Model animals provide practical solutions for this requirement by accumulating different aspects of knowledge about focused animal. In this chapter, we introduce behavioral analyses for Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans), the simplest multicellular model animal, which is useful for various kinds of studies. We can incorporate different kinds of approaches to shed light on the mechanisms of behavioral regulation by using this convenient model animal. This chapter presents description of typical population analysis, single animal analysis, use of genetically encoded calcium indicators (GECI), and combination of these approaches for the study of C. elegans behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods in Neuroethological Research
PublisherSpringer Japan
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9784431543312
ISBN (Print)9784431543305
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Behavioral analysis
  • C. elegans
  • Caenorhabditis elegans
  • Calcium imaging
  • Computerized methods
  • Genetically encoded calcium indicators
  • Population analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Neuroscience


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