OpenBehavior: A Rich Directory for Open-source Behavioral Neuroscience Projects

OpenBehavior: A Rich Directory for Open-source Behavioral Neuroscience Projects

OpenBehavior is an open-source repository for tools, software, projects and scripts that are dedicated for behavioral neuroscience research.

The main goal is to promote and accelerate the collaboration of open-source neuroscience projects, neuroscience researchers and developers.

Currently,  OpenBehavior has 145 projects and active community of developers and research who are supporting this project. The project is founded and maintained by a group of researchers and professors. It started 2016 by Mark Lubach (PhD) and Alexxai Karvitz (PhD).

The project is funded by NASA DC Space Grant Consortium to ML, Summer 2017. However, It's still looking for more support as it's 100% volunteer work.

Photo by Robina Weermeijer on Unsplash

The project offers a directory for the open-source projects and tool in one place, which makes it easy for developers to find shared resources, design files and documentation for each project. It also links the published paper for each project as well as the Github repository.

The project also features a rich blog with several posts about new updated and submitted projects.

What are the type of projects in OpenBehavior?

The projects are classified under several categories:

  1. Data Analysis
  2. Behavior measurement
  3. Video recording & analysis
  4. Behavior apparatus
  5. Neural recording
  6. Neural modulation


  1. CerebraLux: a wireless system for optogenetic stimulation
  2. RatHat: A self-targeting printable brain implant system - link
  3. PiDose: an open-source tool for scientists performing drug administration experiments with mice - link
  4. SignalBuddy: Do-It-Yourself signal generator for scientific applications - link
  5. optoPAD and flyPAD - link
  6. Pulse Pal: an Arduino-powered device that generates precise sequences of voltage pulses for neural stimulation and stimulus control. -link.
  7. StimDuino: an inexpensive Arduino-controlled stimulus isolator that allows for highly accurate, reproducible automated setting of stimulation currents.

You can find more projects in the directory.

Researchers can fill up a form to add their projects through this form.


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Hamza Mu

Written by Hamza Mu

A physician with programming skills, Linux user since late 1990s, Open-source supporter. Created several medical products EMR/ DICOM and more.
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