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Experiment with Behavioural Psychology (Stage 4, Stage 5, Stage 6)

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Conditioning – it’s all around us! Join scientist Grace Blackburn and experiment with training your very own virtual rat!


Have you ever trained your dog to sit? Do you associate the recess bell with food, fun and outdoors time? Then you’ve experienced conditioning!

Join Grace Blackburn, a PhD researcher from UWA working on animal cognition, and conduct your very own science experiment!

In rat zone, you’ll be training your virtual pet rat using either operant or classical conditioning. If you choose operant conditioning, you’ll be giving your rat a yummy piece of cake every time they perform an existing behaviour, either rolling over or cleaning its face. If you choose classical conditioning, you’ll be teaching your rate a new association, by rewarding it with a piece of cake whenever you ring chimes or turn a light on.

Science and video games unite in this incursion to teach students about the principles of conditioning in a fun and engaging way!



Event Details

Date & Time

  11-May-2023    11:45AM   + Google Calendar  + iCal Export

Event Type

Live Event - Scheduled

Delivery Platform



45 Minutes



Main KLA, Strand, Sub Strand

Special Event

Presenter Bio

Grace is a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia studying the effects of man-made noise on animal behaviour. Grace is curious as to how cognition can aid animals to cope with their ever-changing environment. In her spare time, Grace will be out looking for birds and dogs, or at home cuddling her cat!

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Technology and Materials Requirements

Either a smartphone, tablet, or computer for students to play RatZone on, either individually or as a group. It is recommended that you download RatZone on your device prior to the virtual incursion.

RatZone can be downloaded for free from App Store or Google Play.

This virtual incursion will run via Zoom. A device with internet connectivity with the capability of streaming video is required.

Attendees can choose to have their cameras enabled or disabled, but all microphones will be muted.

The incursion will include a live presentation and time for a Q&A. Questions can either be submitted as part of your DART booking form or in the Zoom chat.

All student participants must be supervised by a teacher or parent/guardian for this virtual incursion.

If you have any queries please contact the provider

Name: Arludo

Phone: Send us an email!

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://arludo.com/

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