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Relative and absolute strength of response as a function of frequency of reinforcement.
  • R. Herrnstein
  • Computer Science, Medicine
  • Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior
  • 1 July 1961
A previous paper (Herrnstein, 1958) reported how pigeons behave on a concurrent schedule under which they peck at either of two response-keys. Expand
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On the law of effect.
  • R. Herrnstein
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior
  • 1 March 1970
Experiments on single, multiple, and concurrent schedules of reinforcement find various correlations between the rate of responding and the rate or magnitude of reinforcement. For concurrentExpand
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The bell curve : intelligence and class structure in American life
Contents List of Illustrations List of Tables A Note to the Reader Preface Acknowledgments Introduction PART I. THE EMERGENCE OF A COGNITIVE ELITE 1 Cognitive Class and Education, 1900-1990 2Expand
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Crime and Human Nature
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Levels of stimulus control: A functional approach
This paper surveys some illustrative experiments on categorization of visual stimuli by animals other than human. The results suggest a classification of categorical powers in five steps from simpleExpand
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Utility maximization and melioration: Internalities in individual choice
How do people go about choosing between alternatives in relatively simple settings? This study explores some of the variables that past work suggests may be relevant. Volunteer subjects worked forExpand
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Rational Choice Theory Necessary but Not Sufficient
I I I ! I ABSTRACT: A case is presented for supplementing the standard theory of rational choice, according to which subjects maximize reinforcement, with a theory arising from experiments on animalExpand
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The effect on the preference-reversal phenomenon of using choice indifferences
Abstract Preference reversal appears to be non-transitive choice behavior, inasmuch as subjects choosing between two gambles with similar expected values typically select the one with a larger chanceExpand
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Formal properties of the matching law.
  • R. Herrnstein
  • Computer Science, Medicine
  • Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior
  • 1974
The matching law implies that any form of behavior approaches an asymptotic frequency as its reinforcement approaches 100 per cent of the total reinforcement being obtained at a given time. Expand
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Complex Visual Concept in the Pigeon
Pigeons were trained to respond to the presence or absence of human beings in photographs. The precision of their performances and the ease with which the training was accomplished suggest greaterExpand
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