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Behavior Research Methods & Instrumentation

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 145–150 | Cite as

On-line brain stimulation: Measurement of threshold of reinforcement

  • Geraldine Cassens
  • Clifford Shaw
  • Kathryn Eike Dudding
  • A. William Mills
Session VII Contributed Papers: Physiological/Animal Learning Acquisition And Control Systems

Abstract

This program and interface for a small computer (PDP8/e) performs the following operations: generates and delivers constant current stimulation to the brain of an animal, monitors electrical resistance at the stimulating electrode, and calculates the threshold of reinforcement based upon the frequency of characteristic pauses in the animal’s responding.

Keywords

Constant Current Stimulator Interresponse Interval Paper Tape Reader Intracranial Reinforcement Voltage Return 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

References

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  3. Huston, J., & Mills, A. Threshold of reinforcing brain stimulation. Communications in Behavioral Biology, 1971, 5, 331–340.Google Scholar
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Copyright information

© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geraldine Cassens
    • 1
  • Clifford Shaw
    • 1
  • Kathryn Eike Dudding
    • 1
  • A. William Mills
    • 1
  1. 1.Tufts UniversityMedford

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