Rat Basketball

She shoots, she scores!

Barbara Thalhimer Theater
Included with Admission
All Ages
30 minutes

Come meet our players and learn all about operant and classical conditioning as you watch two rats play basketball – no, we aren’t kidding. Check our daily schedule for demonstrations occurring during your visit.

The Science Museum uses classical and operant conditioning to train the rat players.

  • Classical conditioning is teaching the rats to respond to the buzzer used in training. The buzzer sounds when the rat has done something correct.
  • Operant conditioning is rewarding the rats for taking the correct action – during the game they get a treat for each basket.

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A rat putting a ball through a hoop.