This is what I do with my day...

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  1. thunder

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    Likely horribly boring to everyone else on the planet... but for me, obviously something I'm so proud of...

    I taught the little guy to bar press for reward! When he presses the bar, he gets a banana pellet. Right now its on continuous reinforcement - each bar press he gets a banana pellet.

    Don't judge me :( I love the little guy.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fex_CdD7XKE"]YouTube - My Rat Bar Pressing[/ame]
     
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    Could be worse. I have a friend whose job is impregnating mice :kekeke:

    She has a very steady hand.
     
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    Next you should put some quarters in his cage and make the thing give food when he inserts quarter.
    Then once he is good at that and thinks he needs money to get food....Let him lose in the real world and have him find/steal moneys for ya

    Profit!!!!!
     
  4. B!tch

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    awesome!!!
     
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    :bigup:
     
  6. thunder

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    :rofl: Genius!
     
  7. thunder

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    heres some pics of my rat eating banana pellets out of my hand today
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    yes, thats me in my sexy lab coat :brows:
     
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    what a shitty pet
     
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    its not a pet goobie
     
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    when you call it 'my rat', I assumed it was a pet. Should turn him into shish-kabob
     
  11. thunder

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    i get a rat as part of a class (learning) that has a lab. we teach the rat to do stuff over the course of the semester. and then, the rat is no longer ours.

    rats arent allowed as pets in alberta.
     
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    He's gonna be a fat little fucker if he doesn't ease up on the treats a bit... :lol:
     
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    his starting weight was 370-380 grams, and now he's down to about 320-330 :( we reduce their weight so they are more motivated to learn for food (banana pellet) reward.. so i give him lots of treats because i feel bad :happysad:
     
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    Monster...
     
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    we dont let them go beyond 85% of their original weight... but I still feel really bad.. so i'm keeping mine a little higher than i'm supposed to. he seems to be really motivated by banana pellets, so i dont think i need to starve him anymore
     
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    Whatever lets you sleep at night.





    Savage.
     
  17. thunder

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    :(

    I'm gonna have to sneak him a few more food pellets today. You're making me feel so bad :(
     
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    Think a few extra pellets will keep him from crying when he's left alone?

    Or keep his tummy from hurting when he's craving more snacks, and there's no one around?

    For shame...
     
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    You're mean.

    I'm going to steal my rat at the end of the semester. Don't tell anyone though.
     
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    if you don't they will probably just burn all of them.
     
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    When do you spray hairspray in his eyes?
     
  22. thunder

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    These rats will get recycled into research projects (but only ones in which their prior learning wont be a problem).

    it will either be a CO2 chamber, or some gross thing they have to do if they need to look at the brain
     
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    Never!

    I do throw banana pellets at him sometimes though.
     
  24. pohead

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    Thunder...what are you taking?
     
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    Psychology.

    This class is about the principles that underlie learning.. reinforcement, punishment, shaping, etc.
     
  26. arsehole

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    teach my dog to wipe his ass when he's done, then ill be impressed.
     
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    I could easily develop a program for you to teach him to do that :p but its all about your ability to properly train.
     
  28. pohead

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    lol..that's nothing. I have a friend whose job is impregnating cows :eek3: ..and it's not fun...I had to do it when I took Animal Health..it's part of the reason why i didn't finish the course.
     
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    Disgusting.
     
  30. pohead

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    It sounds like a cool class.
     
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    Best class ever. This is the last year its taught too. I got lucky :)
     
  32. pohead

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    that's what i said...and when they told me i had to do this everyday for 2 months inorder to pass the course, and that if i worked in Alberta, the majoirty of my day would be sticking my hands up a cows vagina, I decided that Animal Health Technology wasn't the career path I wanted to persue.
     
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    so..what will you be doing for a career when you graduate?
     
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    Clinical psychology. I hope to be a practicing psychologist, as well as doing some research, and possibly be an adjunct teacher, just to stay sane. :)
     
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    cool..it sounds like alot of hard work, so good luck!
     

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