A startle response is a physiological response to an unexpected intense stimulus, such as a burst of loud noise or the slamming of a door. This stimulus is known as the startle-eliciting stimulus. Responses to the startle-eliciting stimulus include increases eye blinking, heart rate, skin conductance, and muscular responses.
To observe changes in the startle response as the subject is exposed to an unexpected, sudden stimulus.
To observe changes in the startle response as the subject is exposed to the prepulse inhibition stimulus.
To measure, compare, and correlate the response of blink magnitude, latency, and habituation rate as the subject is exposed to the startle-eliciting stimulus and the pre-pulse inhibition stimulus.
Tasks Performed by the Student
put the headphones on and sit in front of the computer monitor displaying SuperLab,
relax and not move, and
watch an .xpt presentation.
Add event markers throughout the recording.
The software automates the calibration procedure for the student. There are no knobs and dials to confuse the student.
Graph template files ensure consistent setup for subsequent Subjects or repeated trials—plus, you can easily add your own lesson plan to the onscreen journal.
The lesson will also work as part of a group study.
Student Prep & Distance Learning
Click the link(s) below for sample data and/or lesson procedure video(s), BSL PRO Lesson procedures (PDF) for human lessons*, and graph template files (*.gtl) for BSL PRO Lessons. If more than one .gtl is available, download the .gtl with the _suffix to match BSL version and hardware.
This lesson requires a Biopac Student Lab (BSL) System and the following hardware. If your BSL System does not include all hardware items, expand your system by selecting required items below. For more details, review the Lesson: L# BSL Lessons - see the Lab Manual or launch BSL; A# and H# BSL PRO Lessons, click the PDF link above to review full setup, recording, and analysis procedures.
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