Level of deprivation and post-reinforcement pause length

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dc.contributor.advisor Meunier, Gary F. en_US
dc.contributor.author Brookbank, Steven H. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:31:56Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:31:56Z
dc.date.created 1977 en_US
dc.date.issued 1977
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1977 .B76 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/181509
dc.description.abstract The relationship between level of deprivation and post-reinforcement pause length was investigated in such a way that the nature of the mathematical function which describes the relation could be determined. Three male, albino rats were tested on fixed-ratio schedules of reinforcement at three levels of deprivation, according to the method of adjusted-percentages. Problems with the weight maintenance procedure necessitated changes in the design and may have affected the results. The initial hypothesis, that the function would be of the form Y=bXn, was not supported in any case. A function of the form logY=a+bX was found to best describe the relationship between rats' absolute body weight and the length of the post-reinforcement pause. Conclusions were centered around the need for further research on the effects of long-term deprivation on rats' growth and subsequent reexamination of the relationship under investigation in this thesis.
dc.format.extent iii, 51 leaves : charts ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Reinforcement (Psychology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Deprivation (Psychology) en_US
dc.title Level of deprivation and post-reinforcement pause length en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/316791 en_US

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