A Technique for Producing Calisthenic Behavior in a Rhesus Monkey
NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB PENSACOLA FL
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A rhesus monkey was trained to perform a calisthenic task to obtain food and signals contiguous with food. The task was designed to produce continuous high effort behavior from the animal for long durations. The frequency of food reinforcements and related signals was varied to measure concomitant effects on exercise. Exercise was satisfactorily maintained for up to 3 hours. A reduction in the frequency of food reinforcement by 50 percent reduced exercise responding by less than 25 percent. Removal of signals associated with the absence of food had no significant effects and presentation of signals similar to the food-associated signal lowered the exercise response rate.
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