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A shuttle box is a piece of apparatus used in animal learning experiments. The box is divided into two halves and the animal must move from one compartment to the other in order to gain their reward or to avoid an adversive stimulus.

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Abramson, C. I., Miler, J., & Mann, D. W. (1982). An olfactory shuttle box and runway for insects: Journal of Mind and Behavior Vol 3(2) Spr 1982, 151-159.

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