The role of contingencies and "principles of behavioral variation" in pigeons' pecking.

@article{Fenner1980TheRO,
  title={The role of contingencies and "principles of behavioral variation" in pigeons' pecking.},
  author={Deborah B. Fenner},
  journal={Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior},
  year={1980},
  volume={34 1},
  pages={1-12}
}
Staddon and Simmelhag's proposal that behavior is produced by "principles of behavioral variation" instead of contingencies of reinforcement was tested in two experiments. In the first experiment pigeons were exposed to either a fixed-interval schedule of response-contingent reinforcement, an autoshaping schedule of stimulus-contingent reinforcement, or a fixed-time schedule of noncontingent reinforcement. Pigeons exposed to contingent reinforcement came to peck more rapidly than those exposed… CONTINUE READING

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