A local-rate-of-response and interresponse-time analysis of behavioral contrast.

  • F B Arnett
  • Published 1973 in Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior

Abstract

Three pigeons were exposed to a two-component multiple schedule in which a variable-interval 3-min schedule was always in effect in one component. The schedule in the other component was either variable-interval 3-min or extinction in alternate blocks of sessions. When the schedule was changed from multiple variable-interval 3-min variable-interval 3-min to multiple variable-interval 3-min extinction in the second and fourth phases of the experiment, overall response rates in the unchanged variable-interval 3-min component increased in two pigeons. Response rate declined when the schedule was changed to multiple variable-interval 3-min variable-interval 3-min again. Correlated with increases in overall response rate in the unchanged component were increases in local response rates at the beginning of the unchanged component and immediately after food presentation. Local rates 40 sec after food presentation did not increase greatly in the presence of the multiple variable-interval 3-min extinction schedule. An interresponse time analysis of three local rate samples showed small increases in the relative frequency of short-duration interresponse times at the beginning of the unchanged component and immediately after food presentation. Neither the postreinforcement pause nor the latency to the first response in the unchanged component changed systematically.

Cite this paper

@article{Arnett1973ALA, title={A local-rate-of-response and interresponse-time analysis of behavioral contrast.}, author={F B Arnett}, journal={Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior}, year={1973}, volume={20 3}, pages={489-98} }