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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 them 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!

Cost: $270 up to 30 students/$320 up to 60 students/$370 up to 90 students/$50 per additional class up to 30 students (exc. GST)



Event Details

Event Type

Live Event - By Request

Delivery Platform



45 Minutes


$270 up to 30 students/$320 up to 60 students/$370 up to 90 students/$50 per additional class up to 30 students (exc. GST)


Payment Instructions

Booked groups will be invoiced after the date of their virtual incursion



Syllabus Outcomes

PSY5-4 explains a range of psychological theories and identifies the application of these theories to everyday life PSY5-5 demonstrates an understanding of the importance of ethics in psychology, research and the interpretation of data

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Requirements: Technology, Materials and Pre and Post event requirements.

Either a smartphone, tablet, or computer for students to play RatZone on, either individually or as a group. 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.

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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Name: Arludo

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Email: [email protected]

Website: https://arludo.com/about

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