Timescale invariance and Weber's law in choice.
Pigeons were exposed to concurrent schedules for which reinforcement was alternately available at different times for each of two choices. In Experiment 1 (in which reinforcement times progressed arithmetically), overall, but not relative, response rate was timescale invariant. In Experiment 2 (in which reinforcement times progressed geometrically and were more spaced out), there was temporal control at all reinforcement times, but the amplitude of left-right response alternation decreased as time in the trial increased. These results indicate that the temporal regulation of both overall and relative response rates conforms to Weber's law although relative rate is heavily influenced by processes other than timing. It also adds support to the idea that overall and relative response rate reflects the operation of two independent processes.
Jozefowiez, J; Cerutti, DT; Staddon, JER
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