Oskar Pineño

Oskar Pineño is an animal psychologist and is an Associate Professor in Psychology at Hofstra University. His main research interests are animal conditioning and human learning, as well as learning and behaviour.

He finished his BSc in Psychology from the University of Deusto in 1997 and PhD Psychology in 2002 from the same university.

in 2013, he developed The ArduiPod Box, an operant chamber or Skinner box, built with two main components: an iPod Touch and an Arduino microcontroller. This device was developed with two goals in mind: keeping it affordable and making it open source. The idea behind this project was to provide animal behaviour researchers and teachers with an alternative to the more sophisticated (but costly) standard operant chambers. In spite of its limited functionality (at least, in its current state of development), this box will be suitable for running simple experiments in operant conditioning, which might be of great use to provide animal behavior students with a hands-on learning experience.

His recent publications include:

  • John, P., & Pineño, O. (2015). Biological significance in human causal learning. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 20, 65-72. [Download]
  • Pineño, O. (2014). ArduiPod Box: A low-cost and open-source Skinner box using an iPod Touch and an Arduino microcontroller. Behavior Research Methods, 46, 196-205.[Download]
  • Pineño, O. (2010). Enhanced consumption of an aversively conditioned taste following the presentation of a “medicine” taste.Behavioural Processes, 84, 625-628. [Download]

You can follow him on Twitter and you can learn more about his works at his website.

Published: 09 April 2016

Last update: 19 August 2016

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