Rate constancy : another look at response independence in concurrent schedules

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Marilyn Guilkey (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Richard L. Shull

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to re-examine the question of response Independence or response rate constancy in concurrent variable interval schedules of reinforcement. The results of an earlier study (Catania, 1963) Indicated that responding in one schedule of a pair of concurrent variable Interval schedules was not affected by the amount of time spent responding In the other schedule when a changeover delay (COD) was used. However, other data have suggested that high rates of responding during the COD may have been responsible for those results. In this study one group of three pigeons was run with a COD to assess the effects of COD responding in producing rate constancy or rate independence. A second group of birds was run with a fixed-ratio changeover (FB-CO) contingency to see if rate constancy would be obtained with a changeover contingency that did not involve a COD.

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Language: English
Date: 1972
Reinforcement (Psychology)
Wild birds as laboratory animals

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