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An inexpensive new device to provide random rewards for behavioral studies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9523924     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Behavior modification in rats often involves controlling the frequency of providing food rewards. This is accomplished with computer-controlled devices or equipment purchased specifically for this purpose. Investigators currently choose from a few commercially available models, but each has its disadvantages or limitations, including a high cost (about US$1000). Computer-controlled devices can also be expensive and need a dedicated machine and software packages to perform the tasks. We designed a custom-built device to reward an action randomly from 1 out of 10 times to 10 out of 10 times. The device can be manufactured easily and inexpensively (about US$150). It has been in use for several months in our laboratories with no malfunctions.
Authors:
S D Johnson; J C Firrell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physiology & behavior     Volume:  63     ISSN:  0031-9384     ISO Abbreviation:  Physiol. Behav.     Publication Date:  1998 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-05-21     Completed Date:  1998-05-21     Revised Date:  2014-03-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0151504     Medline TA:  Physiol Behav     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  733-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Animals
Conditioning, Operant / physiology*
Electronics
Food
Psychology, Experimental / instrumentation*
Random Allocation
Rats
Reward*
Software

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