About SeekTake

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Seeking-taking task.


Software requirements


Requires Whisker v2.0 or greater.


Data storage


Text-based output to disk.
ODBC data storage to a database (supplied).




Rudolf Cardinal (rudolf@pobox.com).




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Sample articles using this or similar tasks


Olmstead MC, Parkinson JA, Miles FJ, Everitt BJ, Dickinson A (2000). Cocaine-seeking by rats: regulation, reinforcement and activation. Psychopharmacology 152: 123–131 [http://link.springer.de/link/service/journals/00213/papers/0152002/01520123.pdf]


Version history


v1.0 - written 26-28 July 2000
v1.3 - most development here; see version_tracker
v2.0 - 15 Aug 2004
v2.1-2.3 - minor bug fixes and feature additions (to 22 Nov 2003)
v2.4 - ability to use the task with only noncontingent CSs (see Parameters for a safety warning), to use tone/houselight as part of the CSs, and XML configuration files.
v2.5 (11 Nov 2004) - for each response, record whether noncontingent CS on/off (for which, noncontingent CS code rewritten a bit).
v2.6 (8 March 2007): easier compilation for users.
v3.0 (12 Jan 2009): Server default changed from "loopback" to "localhost" (Windows Vista compatibility and more general standardization).
v3.1 (14 Apr 2015): Rebuild for WhiskerClientLib 4.62 with its new socket code.
v3.2 (14 Mar 2020): New options for degrading contingency.