Recent advances in operant conditioning technology: a versatile and affordable computerized touchscreen system.

Academic Article


  • We report the construction of a new operant chamber that incorporates modern computer, touchscreen, and display technologies. An LCD display was housed in the front wall of a lightweight Plexiglas chamber. An Apple eMac computer was used to present visual stimuli on the monitor and to control other chamber events. Responses to the stimuli were recorded using a transparent resistive-type touchscreen that overlaid the monitor. The resulting system is simple and inexpensive to construct but powerful and flexible enough to explore a broad range of issues in animal learning and behavior.
  • Authors

  • Gibson, Brett
  • Wasserman, Edward A
  • Frei, Lloyd
  • Miller, Keith
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • May 2004
  • Published In


  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal
  • Computer Terminals
  • Conditioning, Operant
  • Microcomputers
  • Photic Stimulation
  • Physical Stimulation
  • Psychology, Experimental
  • Software
  • Touch
  • User-Computer Interface
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 15354702
  • Start Page

  • 355
  • End Page

  • 362
  • Volume

  • 36
  • Issue

  • 2