// History of BlinkLab

Our Journey From the Lab To a Mobile App

2008
Created portable VR based setup

Our first attempt to bring neurometric screening methods out of the laboratory-setting to the participant. Koekkoek and Boele developed a portable blink setup, designed around a virtual reality helmet, that allows researchers to perform the screening at schools and other institutes. The system was purchased by several universities, including Lund University Sweden.

2010
Eyeblink conditioning in children

Our first attempt to bring neurometric screening methods out of the laboratory-setting to the participant. Koekkoek and Boele developed a portable blink setup, designed around a virtual reality helmet, that allows researchers to perform the screening at schools and other institutes. The system was purchased by several universities, including Lund University Sweden.

2010
Built mobile lab in RV

Bas Koekkoek, Peter Boele and Henk-Jan Boele rebuild and convert a camper van into a complete mobile laboratory. This allowed researchers to measure the participants of various studies at home, yielding more reliable outcomes, better test compliance, and larger sample sizes. This project was sponsored by Dell and Intel and used by several institutes in The Netherlands.

2012
Created first prototype of a neurometric screening app

Peter Boele codes a rudimentary version of the BlinkLab app on a smartphone. Bas Koekkoek and Henk-Jan Boele test the app extensively and although the idea seems feasible, they come to the conclusion that the smartphone technology is not sufficient yet.

2013
Study of spinocerebellar ataxia

Prof. Stefan Herlitze, Ruhr University Bochum, has purchased a mouse eyeblink conditioning setup. The setup was developed by Henk-Jan Boele and Bas Koekkoek. Herlitze and his team will study cerebellar learning deficits in mouse models of spinocerebellar ataxia.

2015
Cerebellar learning mechanisms

Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience started using the mouse eyeblink setup developed by Bas Koekkoek and Henk-Jan Boele. Prof. C. I. De Zeeuw and his team will study fundamental aspects of cerebellar learning.

2016
Eyeblink conditioning during functional brain imaging

Peter Boele and Bas Koekkoek have engineered and installed an eyeblink setup in a 7-Tesla MRI scanner. Prof. Dagmar Timmann will study the role of cerebellum in humans during eyeblink conditioning. Video tracking of eyelid movements was achieved by combining a high-power infrared beam and advanced mirror system.

2016
Effects of nutrition on memory formation

Henk-Jan Boele and Bas Koekkoek have built and installed an eyeblink conditioning setup at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prof. Dilger and his team will study the effects of nutrition on brain development, using young pigs as a translational animal model.

2017
Eyeblink conditioning in infants

Henk-Jan Boele and Bas Koekkoek have built and installed an eyeblink conditioning setup at the Princeton Babylab. Prof. Casey Lew-Williams, director of the Princeton Babylab, and his team will perform eyeblink conditioning experiments in 6-8 months old infants who are at risk for autism. The setup is specifically designed for babies, using soft materials and high-speed video tracking of the face.