The role of the peck-food contingency on fixed-interval schedules.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Pigeons were trained to peck on a fixed-interval schedule of food reinforcement and then exposed to three schedules in which there was either no, or an indirect, relation between pecking and food delivery: (a) a conjunctive schedule in which food was delivered at fixed intervals, providing at least one peck was emitted in the interval; (b) a recycling version of the conjunctive schedule that essentially eliminated occasional peck-food contiguities (recycling conjunctive); (c) delivery of food at fixed intervals independently of the birds' behavior (fixed time). The rates and patterns of pecking sustained by these procedures depended on interfood interval and relative proximity of pecks to food.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Staddon, JE; Frank, JA

Published Date

  • January 1975

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 17 - 23

PubMed ID

  • 16811827

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1333315

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1938-3711

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-5002

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1901/jeab.1975.23-17


  • eng