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BEHAVIORAL CONTROL, SIMPLIFIED

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TDT’s solution for Behavioral Control is designed for simplicity and integration.

Orchestrate your behavior paradigms and other neuroscience experiments – from the same software, on the same computer, using one system. This system easily connects to your current TDT setup and consists of two main components:

  • iCon (hardware): a straightforward modular behavioral control interface designed to work with third-party behavioral chambers during both training and experimentation
  • Pynapse (software): control the iCon with TDT’s Synapse software and customize your experiment with the powerful Pynapse Gizmo
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BEHAVIORAL CONTROL WITH THE ICON

The iCon is a simple-to-use behavioral control interface. The iCon has interchangeable modules to fit the needs of any experimental paradigm. Modules for the iCon include:

High Voltage Interface | iH10

For third-party devices requiring high voltage, such as food dispensers and lever presses

Multi-Function Interface | iM10

This analog I/O controls auditory speakers and microphones. The interface also has a touch sensor for lickometers

Other iCon modules are available for IR drivers and sensors (iR5) and digital logic (iL24).

USING THE PYNAPSE GIZMO

Behavior in Synapse

The Synapse software controls all aspects of event-based behavioral tasks.

Pynapse is Synapse’s embedded behavioral control Gizmo. Information from the behavioral rig (inputs, outputs, timers, etc.) is extracted into the Pynapse coding environment and built-in autocomplete assists with coding behavior paradigms.

Pynapse makes it easy to program event-based behavior and drive the iCon. Encoded states will change based on subject inputs via the iCon, other event outcomes, or timers. Information in Pynapse is easily accessible from MATLAB and Excel, and all data is saved into one log file for easy retrieval.