Inexpensive Tail Flick Analgesia Meter

This page contains the supplemental information for the article

"Design plans for an inexpensive tail flick analgesia meter," Aaron Otto, Greg Q. Butcher & Troy C. Messina,The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE), Fall 2011, 10(1):A80-A84.

Please reference this manuscript for any publications containing results using this apparatus or derivatives of it. By downloading any of the materials, you are agreeing to our disclaimer (see below).

Hardware, Schematics, Photos, and Circuitry

Software

FAQ

Parts List

Part Name Part Number Supplier Location Quantity Price Each (USD)
NPN Phototransistor T-1 3/4 , CE30.0uA, EC5.0uA www.jameco.com Belmont, CA USA 1 0.35
Diode 1N4004 www.jameco.com Belmont, CA USA 1 0.05
1000 and 10,000 Ω resistors www.jameco.com Belmont, CA USA 1, 2 0.09
SPDT 5V Relay G5V-1-DC5 www.jameco.com Belmont, CA USA 1 2.95
Jumper Wire Kit 2127718 www.jameco.com Boulder, CO USA 1 7.95
Mini Self-Adhesive Breadboard 20601 www.jameco.com Boulder, CO USA 1 5.95
Arduino (Uno) 2121105 www.jameco.com Boulder, CO USA 1 29.95
Lumber See below Lowes or Home Depot 6.50
Acrylic Sheet (PLASKOLITE, 3 x 26) 345710 Lowes or Home Depot 1 7.98
250W Heat Lamp Bulb 76573 Lowes or Home Depot 1 5.98
110V Lamp Wire and Plug 40273 Lowes or Home Depot 1 5.98
660W Ceiling Socket 71140 Lowes or Home Depot 1 1.63
Rust-Oleum Spray Paint Lowes or Home Depot 1 4.24
TOTAL (minus tax and shipping) 79.60

Lumber

  • one (1) sheet of 2' x 4' x 0.75" pine plywood
  • one 2" x 2" x 8' pine stud

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