The ECOCAPTURE ethograms: apathy ethogram and disinhibition ethogram

Published: 11 April 2022| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/mv8hndcd95.2
Bénédicte Batrancourt, Raffaella (Lara) Migliaccio, Delphine Tanguy, Idil Sezer, Valerie Godefroy, Arabella Bouzigues


This dataset provides two ethograms: the ECOCAPTURE apathy ethogram and the ECOCAPTURE disinhibition ethogram. The ECOCAPTURE apathy ethogram includes 13 behaviors and 31 modifiers divided in two behavioral categories: motor patterns, activity states. The ECOCAPTURE disinhibition ethogram includes 16 behaviors divided in three disinhibition categories: compulsivity, impulsivity, social disinhibition. The ECOCAPTURE protocol [1,2] developed at ICM [3], was designed to assess neuropsychiatric symptoms, such as apathy [4] and disinhibition [5], in natural settings and under a controlled scenario. The ECOCAPTURE scenario mimics a naturalistic situation (i.e., waiting comfortably in a waiting room). The experiments took place on the ICM’s core facility (PRISME) [6] dedicated to the functional exploration of human behavior. The PRISME platform was equipped with a six-ceiling camera system (not hidden) covering the entire waiting room. During the experiment, individuals’ behavior was video-recorded. The subjects were informed at the time of initial consent that their behavior would be tracked and recorded by video cameras located in the room. [1] Institut National de la Santé Et de la Recherche Médicale, France. Quantitative Evaluation of Apathy Close to Real Life Situation by Means of a Multimodal Sensor System Integrated in Healthy Subjects and Patients With Frontotemporal Dementia. Pilot Phase.; 2017. [2] Institut National de la Santé Et de la Recherche Médicale, France. Assessment of Apathy in a Real-Life Situation, With a Video and Sensors-Based System in Healthy Subject and Patient With Cerebral Disease.; 2019. [3] Paris Brain Institute (ICM). Institut du Cerveau. [4] Batrancourt B, Lecouturier K, Ferrand-Verdejo J, et al. Exploration Deficits Under Ecological Conditions as a Marker of Apathy in Frontotemporal Dementia. Front Neurol. 2019;10:941. doi:10.3389/fneur.2019.00941 [5] Godefroy V, Tanguy D, Bouzigues A, et al. Frontotemporal dementia subtypes based on behavioral inhibition deficits. Alzheimers Dement Diagn Assess Dis Monit. 2021;13(1):e12178. doi:10.1002/dad2.12178 [6] PRISME : human behavior exploration core facility. Institut du Cerveau.



Behavioral Neuroscience, Neurology, Ethology