puzzle box

puzzle box
noun
: a cage used in experiments on animal learning from which the animal learns to escape by operating a button, hook, or other device

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Psychol.
an enclosure, used in experiments in animal learning, from which an animal must escape or in which it must manipulate various devices.
[1865-70]

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puzzle box,
a box or pen from which an animal may learn to release itself, as by clawing a string or pressing a lever, used in experiments dealing with animal behavior or intelligence: »

He [E. L. Thorndike] invented the puzzle box to investigate how such animals as cats and dogs solve problems (B. F. Skinner).


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