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Development and maintenance of attack in pigeons during variable-interval reinforcement of key pecking.
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PMID:  16811764     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Key-peck responses of two pigeons were maintained on variable-interval schedules of food reinforcement in the presence of a stuffed pigeon to study the characteristics of attack induced by that schedule. The mean interval of the schedule was increased from 15 sec to 600 sec in eight steps before an intermediate interval was reintroduced. The principal characteristics of attack were: (1) substantial attack first occurred on a variable-interval schedule of 90 sec in one pigeon and at 180 sec in the other, (2) the highest attack rates occurred on variable-interval schedules of 300 sec and 600 sec, (3) attack rate generally increased to a maximum and then decreased to a lower level across sessions at each schedule, (4) attacks developed a postreinforcement locus across the initial sessions on all schedules and, except on variable-interval schedules of 300 and 600 sec, occurred primarily in the postreinforcement period during extended training, (5) attack rates and key-peck rates were not recovered when the intermediate-length schedules were reintroduced, and (6) attack rate and key-peck rates were negatively correlated. Except for the fact that the maximum attack rates occurred at interfood intervals of 300 and 600 sec, and that attack and key-peck rates were negatively correlated, these findings have counter-parts in experiments with other reinforcement schedules.
L D Dove; M E Rashotte; H N Katz
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0022-5002     ISO Abbreviation:  J Exp Anal Behav     Publication Date:  1974 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-29     Completed Date:  2010-06-29     Revised Date:  2010-09-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0203727     Medline TA:  J Exp Anal Behav     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  563-9     Citation Subset:  -    
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