Accession Number:

AD0611163

Title:

A PROBABILISTIC MODEL FOR FREE-RESPONDING.

Descriptive Note:

Doctoral thesis,

Corporate Author:

STANFORD UNIV CALIF INST FOR MATHEMATICAL STUDIES IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

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Report Date:

1964-12-14

Pagination or Media Count:

99.0

Abstract:

A free-responding or free-operant situation is one in which an organism is permitted to perform or emit a certain action or response or operant repeatedly, at any times it chooses. In the free-operant situations considered in this paper, an animal typically a rat or pigeon is induced to perform this action usually a lever press in the former case and a peck at a specified area or key in the latter by being tendered a reward or positive reinforcement - a small amount of food, for instance occasionally after the action is performed. B. F. Skinner Behavior of Organisms. New York Appleton-Century-Crofts. discovered that various reward regimes or schedules of reinforcement generate distinctive behavior patterns in free-responding situations. Interest is centered around this phenomenon.

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE