Title

Rapid generation of balanced trial distributions for discrimination learning procedures: A technical note

UMMS Affiliation

Shriver Center; Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center

Date

1-2014

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Behavioral Neurobiology | Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Abstract

We describe novel computer algorithms for rapid, sometimes virtually instantaneous generation of trial sequences needed to instrument many behavioral research procedures. Implemented on typical desktop or laptop computers, the algorithms impose constraints to forestall development of undesired stimulus control by position, recent trial outcomes, and other variables that could impede simple and conditional discrimination learning. They yield trial-by-trial lists of sequences that can serve (1) as inputs to procedure control software or (2) in generating templates for constructing sessions for implementation by hand or machine.

Comments

Citation: Gerard CJ, Mackay HA, Thompson B, McIlvane WJ. Rapid generation of balanced trial distributions for discrimination learning procedures: a technical note. J Exp Anal Behav. 2014 Jan;101(1):171-8. doi: 10.1002/jeab.58. Epub 2013 Nov 19. PubMed PMID: 24249664; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3995156. Link to article on publisher's site

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Keywords

Discrimination, Multitrial procedures, Rapid session construction tool

PubMed ID

24249664