OPERANT CONDITIONING OF GSR AMPLITUDE.
INDIANA UNIV BLOOMINGTON DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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An experimental group of 40 Ss was given a 5 cent-connected light as positive reinforcement contingent on their GSR amplitude following a lever press. A corresponding group of 40 control Ss had their reinforcement schedules yoked to that of their experimental partners. The Ss were told that reinforcement was dependent on the accuracy of their estimate of the conclusion of a 1-min. interval, as indicated by their lever press. Mean GSR amplitude following the lever press was significantly greater for the experimental contingent reinforcement Ss than for the non-contingent controls, indicating successful operant conditioning of a non-spontaneous autonomic response. Author