Melioration, matching, and maximization.

  title={Melioration, matching, and maximization.},
  author={William Vaughan},
  journal={Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior},
  volume={36 2},
  • William Vaughan
  • Published 1981 in Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior
Pigeons were studied in an experiment involving two concurrently available response keys. Conditions were such that in the first condition the predictions of melioration (Herrnstein & Vaughan, 1980), minimization of deviation from matching, and maximization were identical: relative time on the right key should have fallen between .125 and .25, which in fact occurred. In the second condition, melioration predicted a shift in relative time on the right to between .75 and .875, which would involve… CONTINUE READING