I am a graduate student attempting to create a basic experiment in hopes of showing the basic tenants of a pre-pulse inhibition (PPI) model to an intro physio psych course. Although there are already instructions on how to do this via a .pdf offered by Biopac’s website:
…it references the use of Superlab, which we have. However, I think it may be referring to an older model (We have Superlab 4.5).
After reading the tutorial and other relevant sections of the manual I attempted to create a program which would meet my needs. So far although I cannot find any errors in my links, uploaded files, etc. when I run the experiment it closes directly after the Instruction screen.
I feel like the experiment is pretty simple: 1 block(I’m excluding the intro “slide”), 20 trials, 3 possible stimuli randomly put forth a set number of times(pulse;5 trials, prepulse+pulse;10 trials, & no stimuli;5trials), and a serial cord allowing it to communicate with Biopac’s MP35 unit so that I can record measurements of startle via electrodes. The finer points like the latency between pre and post pulse I believe I can set, but otherwise I’m finding a lot of resistance to the program, which I’m assuming is attributed to myself.
How can I set up this experiment most efficiently?
And what are the steps to allowing my PCI-DIO24 card to communicate with my Biopac software beyond the first short paragraph on page 19 of the manual?
Any thoughts, assistance, etc. anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated!