How to build your own PORTL kit

The following excerpt is from PORTL: The Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab (pages 12-13).To buy a copy of the PORTL manual or a PORTL kit, visit our Store. PORTL requires simple, inexpensive equipment. You will need the following: A collection of at least a dozen small objects: Select objects associated with different actions. For … Read moreHow to build your own PORTL kit

PORTL research: The power of one reinforcer

At several conferences around 2010, I heard animal trainer Bob Bailey warn about what he calls “desperation-driven clicks.” When training an animal, things don’t always work out the way the trainer planned. What can sometimes happen when things don’t go as planned is that the trainer, out of desperation or frustration, goes ahead and reinforces … Read morePORTL research: The power of one reinforcer

PORTL as a research tool

The Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab (PORTL) is a powerful tool for modeling behavior principles and for teaching students how to shape behaviors. In addition, it can be used to conduct research studies. (If you’ve never heard of PORTL, visit this article to learn more.) The simplicity of PORTL makes it ideal for research. … Read morePORTL as a research tool

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