Timing in choice experiments.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In Experiment 1, pigeons chose between variable- and fixed-interval schedules. The timer for 1 schedule was reset by a reinforcement on that schedule or on either schedule. In both cases, the pigeons timed reinforcement on each schedule from trial onset. The data further suggest that their behavior reflects 2 independent processes: 1 deciding when a response should be emitted and responsible for the timing of the overall activity, and the other determining what this response should be and responsible for the allocation of behavior between the 2 response keys. Results from Experiment 2, which studied choice between 2 fixed-interval schedules, support those 2 conclusions. These results have implications for the study of operant choice in general.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Jozefowiez, J; Cerutti, DT; Staddon, JER

Published Date

  • April 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 213 - 225

PubMed ID

  • 15839777

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1283136

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-2184

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0097-7403

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/0097-7403.31.2.213


  • eng