Biometric Measures of Response.
Rept. no. 1 (Final) 1957-1971,
PRINCETON UNIV N J DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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The main objective of the research program was to examine selected measurable properties of overt motor behavior within the context of models afforded by feedback theory, and conventional learning theories. Toward achieving that objective, bar-pressing responses made by rats, monkeys, and humans to an isometric lever were studied under a variety of experimental conditions. The dependent variables were principally response force, duration, and time integral of force, as well as interresponse time. The results of the experiments indicate that an examination of the dimensional characteristics of bar-pressing elucidates the description of operant conditioning, and extends the implications of feedback theory and learning theories. In particular, the behavioral importance of response-produced kinesthetic cues receives emphasis. Author