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Operant Conditioning Task to Measure Song Preference in Zebra Finches

DOI :

10.3791/60590-v

December 26th, 2019

December 26th, 2019

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1W.M. Keck Science Department, Claremont McKenna College – Pitzer College – Scripps College, 2Department of Psychology, Whitman College

We describe a technique to evaluate song preference in zebra finches. Females are placed in a two-chambered cage and song preference is measured by the number of times she triggers the playback of one song by landing on a perch within one chamber, compared with triggering a different song in the second chamber. Perch landings are counted using infrared sensors.

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