Interdependencies in multiple fixed ratio reinforcement schedules

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dc.contributor.advisor Meunier, Gary F. en_US Sergio, Joseph P. en_US 2011-06-03T19:32:51Z 2011-06-03T19:32:51Z 1980 en_US 1980
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1980 .S47 en_US
dc.description.abstract Schuster (1959) and Keehn (1963), working with complex schedules of reinforcement, suggested that post-reinforcement pause (PRP) length was a function of the ratio requirements of the schedules' components. More specifically, Schuster indicated that a contrast effect may be the result of changes in schedule components from higher to lower requirements, or vice-versa. The present study attempted to determine the relationship between PRP length and response rate, and component requirements of a multiple fixed ratio schedule. Schedule interactions were examined when behavior was maintained at a given pair of schedules for a prolonged time, and when both schedules were studied at various values.In general, the results of the present study lend support to the position that component requirements of a multiple FR schedule do not interact, as demonstrated by the PRP, to cause a contrast effect to emerge. This study also indicates that an inverse relationship appears to exist between response rate and FR ratio size.
dc.format.extent iii, 20 [i.e. 22] leaves : graphs ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Reinforcement (Psychology) en_US
dc.title Interdependencies in multiple fixed ratio reinforcement schedules en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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