A System to Acquire and Record Physiological and Behavioral Data Remotely from Nonhuman Primates

Francis A. Spelman, Clifford A. Astley, Eugene V. Golanov, Jerry J. Cupal, Allen R. Henkins, Emilio Fonzo, Thomas G. Susor, Gerald Mcmorrow, Douglas M. Bowden, Orville A. Smith

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We describe an integrated system to record physiological and behavioral variables from nonhuman primates in social groups. The system records data simultaneously from two animals in family groups of five. It synchronizes behavioral and physiological data within 16 ms, either on-line or from recordings. Behavioral data are entered by trained observers on-line or from videotape. Recordings of physiological data are produced on-line as stripchart records, tape recordings on the audio channels of video cassettes, and magnetic disk files. The physiological data include two arterial blood flows, arterial blood pressure and heart rate. The data are transmitted from freely behaving animals to a central site via radio telemetry. The infrared link controls the radio transmitter and physiological signal processing electronics, as well as two sources of drugs for each animal. All of the electronics are contained in a small, light backpack that can be worn by either male or female baboons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1175-1185
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering


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