Simultaneous fast measurement of circuit dynamics at multiple sites across the mammalian brain

Nat Methods. 2016 Apr;13(4):325-8. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.3770. Epub 2016 Feb 15.


Real-time activity measurements from multiple specific cell populations and projections are likely to be important for understanding the brain as a dynamical system. Here we developed frame-projected independent-fiber photometry (FIP), which we used to record fluorescence activity signals from many brain regions simultaneously in freely behaving mice. We explored the versatility of the FIP microscope by quantifying real-time activity relationships among many brain regions during social behavior, simultaneously recording activity along multiple axonal pathways during sensory experience, performing simultaneous two-color activity recording, and applying optical perturbation tuned to elicit dynamics that match naturally occurring patterns observed during behavior.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain / cytology
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Brain Mapping / methods*
  • Calcium Signaling*
  • Mice
  • Neural Pathways*
  • Photometry / methods*
  • Social Behavior*