Behavior Research Methods

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 196–205

ArduiPod Box: A low-cost and open-source Skinner box using an iPod Touch and an Arduino microcontroller


DOI: 10.3758/s13428-013-0367-5

Cite this article as:
Pineño, O. Behav Res (2014) 46: 196. doi:10.3758/s13428-013-0367-5


This article introduces the ArduiPod Box, an open-source device built using two main components (i.e., an iPod Touch and an Arduino microcontroller), developed as a low-cost alternative to the standard operant conditioning chamber, or “Skinner box.” Because of its affordability, the ArduiPod Box provides an opportunity for educational institutions with small budgets seeking to set up animal laboratories for research and instructional purposes. A pilot experiment is also presented, which shows that the ArduiPod Box, in spite of its extraordinary simplicity, can be effectively used to study animal learning and behavior.


Arduino iPod Touch Operant conditioning chamber Skinner box 

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© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentHofstra UniversityHempsteadUSA

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