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The Mathematical Principles of Reinforcement (MPR) model accurately predicts performance in fixed ratio (FR) schedules of reinforcement. The aim of the present study was to assess the generality of MPR with rats responding under progressive ratio (PR) schedules of different step sizes (PR1 or PR3) that provided either food or saccharin pellets. The results(More)
Two experiments were conducted to assess the effect of lever height on lever pressing that was not explicitly reinforced - i.e., operant-level responding. Two rodent species were used as subjects, rats (Experiment 1) and hamsters (Experiment 2), aiming to compare the behavioral support offered by one lever at various heights relative to the subjects' body(More)
The ability to withhold reinforced responses—behavioral inhibition—is impaired in various psychiatric conditions including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Methodological and analytical limitations have constrained our understanding of the effects of pharmacological and environmental factors on behavioral inhibition. To determine the effects(More)
In behavior-analytic studies of generalization, stimulus control appears to be discrete rather than continuous: after two behavior patterns R1 and R2 are trained in the presence of stimuli A and B, respectively, tests of intermediate stimuli evoke R1 and R2 in varying proportions rather than an actual mix of R1 and R2. By contrast, theories and data from(More)
For the creation of a virtual 3D creature it is necessary an underlying structure that provides to it some desired capabilities. One of our main research objectives is creating a virtual 3D creature that resembles human behavior in an actual environment. In this paper, we propose a cognitive architecture inspired in the recent findings of the neuroscience(More)
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