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TicTimer software for measuring tic suppression
  • Jonathan Black,
  • Jonathan M. Koller,
  • Kevin J. Black
Jonathan Black
Brigham Young University
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Jonathan M. Koller
Washington University in St. Louis
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Kevin J. Black
Washington University in St. Louis
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Abstract

Woods and Himle developed a standardized tic suppression paradigm (TSP) for the experimental setting to quantify the effects of intentional tic suppression in Tourette syndrome. The present article describes a Java program that automates record keeping and reward dispensing during the several experimental conditions of the TSP. The software optionally can be connected to a commercial reward token dispenser to further automate reward delivery to the participant. The timing of all tics, 10-second tic-free intervals, and dispensed rewards is recorded in plain text files for later analysis. Expected applications include research on Tourette syndrome and related disorders.