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The Chronobiology Kit demonstration

The demonstration distribution is distributed in two formats: and KitDemo.exe. is a Zip compressed archive. To install the Chronobiology Kit programs and sample data, just unzip into an empty subdirectory. KitDemo.exe is a self-extracting archive. Run this program in an empty subdirectory to extract the demonstration system. The following files should then be created:




The COLLECT program organizes the data coming from the activity sensors and stores the data to disk.


This program allows the user to monitor what is happening with the data collection. This software reports if there is an interruption of data from any channel and gives the user data viewing capabilities to verify that the data being received is accurate.


The DemoAnalyze.exe program is the Windows analysis program used for calculating periodograms and activity profiles, and for plotting actograms and the data as a time series.


The DemoAnalyze analysis program documentation in Adobe Acrobat file format.


Tau-mutant hamster feeding/drinking activity data

Period altered by wheel deprivation


Tau-mutant hamster feeding/drinking activity data

Rhythm split 3 weeks into recording (L:L)

Rhythm masked to 24-hour cycle during last week


Hamster on a 14:10 Light-Dark cycle


Hamster wheel running activity (D:D)


Hamster wheel running activity (D:D)


Hamster wheel running activity (D:D)


Drosophila activity data

Light Pulse Phase Shifting


Hamster wheel running activity (14:10 to D:D)


Hamster wheel running activity (14:10 to D:D)


Hamster wheel running activity (14:10 to D:D)


Hamster wheel running activity (14:10 to D:D)


Hamster wheel running activity (14:10 to D:D)


Hamster wheel running activity (14:10 to D:D)


Hamster wheel running activity (14:10 to D:D)


Hamster wheel running activity (14:10 to D:D)


Hamster wheel running activity (14:10 to D:D)


Hamster wheel running activity (14:10 to D:D)


Hamster wheel running activity (14:10 to D:D)


Hamster wheel running activity (14:10 to D:D)


Hamster wheel running activity (14:10 to D:D)

Some recommendations for trying out The Chronobiology Kit

To try out the data collection system, run the DemoCollect and KitMonitor programs. To see what The Chronobiology Kit analysis can do for you, run the program DemoAnalyze.

KitCollect is the program that is used to count and store the animal activity data. This particular COLLECT program, DemoCollect, has been modified to appear as though actual data is being collected on all active channels. We recommend that you leave the DemoCollect program running for several days to fully grasp the ease of use and functionality of the system. The simulated data collection is using data that was actually collected from a real animal. Therefore, the data saved to disk will look real when seen in the recent history display or plotted by the DemoAnalyze program. To save its data at the top of each hour, this program creates a directory named /Data on the same drive the program is located.

KitMonitor has functions for monitoring the data as it is collected to ensure, for example, that running wheels have not jammed, that the wires to the sensors have not broken and that the animals are alive and well. Left-clicking on an active channel will display that channel's data for the last 24 hours. Right-clicking on an active will make that channel inactive. Left-clicking on an inactive channel allows you to activate that channel and set the channel's label.

The DemoCollect and KitMonitor programs will only work correctly on computers running the Windows 7, Windows 2000 or Windows XP operating systems.

The Chronobiology Kit Analysis System

The program DemoAnalyze.exe is the Chronobiology Kit analysis for Windows. No special installation is necessary. The documentation can be accessed by viewing the Adobe Acrobat formatted file Kit_Manual.pdf. This demonstration analysis software will not work with the standard Chronobiology Kit data format.

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Last Changed: 3 September 2016