Using the task

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When you run the task, the main screen looks as follows:




"NPs" means nosepokes (responses at the front holes); "PPs" means panel pushes (responses at the food alcove); see the Task Design.


You must connect to a Whisker server, claim an operant chamber (box), and set up the parameters for your task. Once that's done, the traffic lights will turn amber. When you are ready, press Start to begin the task.


When the task finishes, it saves data to disk and pops up a new dialogue box for you to select a database to store the data to. (The data sources are configured under Control Panel ODBC.) If you previously specified an ODBC data source in the parameters, that data source is used automatically and you will only see a dialogue box if something goes wrong and the program needs your input.