The code will at the link below will run under the Bcontrol training system. Using this code will automatically train a rat to perform the “Poisson Clicks” task described in Brunton et al. Science (2013).
After downloading, unzip the file, and you will find two directories and two files.
- The directory “@Classical” contains the code for a protocol that we use to initialize rat training; with this protocol they simply learn to associate LEDs in the right and left nose ports with water rewards.
- The directory “@PBups” contains the code for training rats in the Poisson Clicks task. Rats first train for ~7 days on @Classical; and are then moved to @PBups.
- The file “settings_@Classical_Tim_T100_20120924a.mat” contains the settings to initialize training on @Classical for a naive rat. Note that they’re set for a rat called “T100” running under experimenter “Tim”, starting on Sep 24, 2012– you should of course change that to suit your own needs.
- The file “settings_@PBups_Tim_T100_20121020a.mat” contains the settings to initialize training on @PBups for a rat that has already been trained on @Classical. As above, change the name and date to suit your needs.
To train a rat, set it on the @Classical protocol with the @Classical settings provided. Usually a week suffices. The settings will automatically update as they need from one day to the next.
After that, start the rat on the @PBups protocol with the given settings. Wait ~3 months.
Remember: although training will run in an automated manner, it is always good to monitor your rats! Individuals sometimes need adjustments.