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Effects of Reinforcement History on Stimulus Control Relations

Ray (1969) conducted an experiment on multiple stimulus-response relations and selective attention. Ray's (1969) results suggested that stimulus-response relations
function as behavioral units. McIlvane and Dube (1996) indicated that if stimulus-response relations are behavioral units the effects of environmental variables on stimulus-response
relations should be similar to the effects of environmental variables on single response topographies. This experiment analyzed the effects of reinforcement history on the
probability of stimulus-response relations with differing reinforcement histories. In separate conditions random-ratio schedules of reinforcement were contingent on each of
four discriminated responses. To assess the effects of reinforcement, during test conditions stimuli controlling different topographies were present concurrently in composite form. Results show that reinforcement history affects the probability of each response topography and that the association between response topographies and their controlling stimuli tends to remain constant throughout variations in reinforcement probability.

Identiferoai:union.ndltd.org:unt.edu/info:ark/67531/metadc2669
Date12 1900
CreatorsReyes, Fredy
ContributorsGlenn, Sigrid S., 1939-, Hyten, Cloyd, Smith, Richard, Hartman, David W.
PublisherUniversity of North Texas
Source SetsUniversity of North Texas
LanguageEnglish
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeThesis or Dissertation
FormatText
RightsUse restricted to UNT Community, Copyright, Reyes, Fredy, Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

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