A minicomputer program for the resolution of response frequency and latency in classical conditioning preparations

  • Howard S. Bissell
  • Michael J. Scavio
Computer Technology


This classical conditioning program is capable of controlling stimulus events and recording response data in experiments using the rabbit’s nictitating membrane and/or iaw-movement responses. The main features of the program, implemented on the PDP·12 computer, are the ability to resolve response latency within a 1 msec error range and to display the response topography on the computer’s cathode ray tube. The extreme accuracy in latency measurement cannot be duplicated either by conventional hand-scoring methods involving oscillographic records or by other minicomputer conditioning programs.


Conditioned Stimulus Classical Conditioning Conditioning Trial Observation Interval Nictitate Membrane 
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© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard S. Bissell
    • 1
  • Michael J. Scavio
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCalifornia State UniversityFullerton

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