REINFORCEMENT AS INPUT: CYCLIC VARIABLE-INTERVAL SCHEDULE.

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Journal Article

Daily exposure of pigeons to four cycles of a reinforcement schedule in which the density of reinforcements varied cyclically as a function of time induced a periodicity in their responding matching that of the schedule, but out of phase with it. The technique used of presenting the same sequence of interreinforcement intervals in every session may have useful application in determining animals' adjustment to more complex temporal patterns of reinforcement. Investigation of animals' response to cyclic schedules of different frequencies suggests links with engineering methods of frequency analysis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • STADDON, JE

Published Date

  • July 1, 1964

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 145 / 3630

Start / End Page

  • 410 - 412

PubMed ID

  • 14172609

Pubmed Central ID

  • 14172609

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-9203

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0036-8075

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1126/science.145.3630.410

Language

  • eng