DRUG EFFECTS AND COMPLEX BEHAVIORAL REPERTOIRES UNDER CONDITIONS OF FULL ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
Final rept., 1 Oct 1962-30 Sep 1963
MARYLAND UNIV COLLEGE PARK INST FOR BEHAVIORAL RESEARCH
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A complex behavioral performance in which baboons count the number of objects presented to them visually was described. To date, one baboon has fully acquired the behavior, one counts to five at a lower level of accuracy, and two baboons are in the early stages of training. The effects of a CRDL drug upon the performance of the fully-trained animal were presented counting was severely disrupted, but the more difficult components of the sequence were considerably more sensitive to the compound. A drug-behavior interaction was proposed to account for a four-day recovery period. Techniques for achieving and maintaining counting were described. Specific manipulations of 1 experimental stimuli 2 responses 3 positive and 4 negative consequences of behavior were elaborated.