THE ROLE OF ADVENTITIOUS REINFORCMENT IN OPERANT DISCRIMINATION

ALAN C. KAMIL, JOHN W. DAVENPORT

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Abstract

24 MALE HOLTZMAN RATS WERE TRAINED IN 2 SD-S$M$UP DISCRIMINATION EXPERIMENTS TO ASSESS THE EFFECTS OF AN SD POSTPONEMENT CONTINGENCY DURING S$M$UP AND TEMPORAL REGULARITY OF S$M$UP DURATION. EXP. I SHOWED THAT DISCRIMINATION IS MARKEDLY FACILITATED BY THE PRESENCE OF AN SD POSTPONEMENT CONTINGENCY OF EITHER FIXED OR VARIABLE DURATION. EXP. II SHOWED THAT VARIABLE DURATION S$M$UP PERIODS IN A NONCONTINGENT SCHEDULE CAN ENHANCE FORMATION OF AN OPERANT DISCRIMINATION. THESE EFFECTS WERE ATTRIBUTED TO DIFFERENCES IN THE PROBABILITY OF ADVENTITIOUS REINFORCEMENT OF S$M$UP BEHAVIOR BY SD EVENTS. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)609-617
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology
Volume76
Issue number4 PART 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1968

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Keywords

  • OPERANT DISCRIMINATION, ACCIDENTAL REINFORCEMENT, RAT

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  • Medicine(all)

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