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Measuring behavioral momentum.
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PMID:  11947997     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The metaphor of behavioral momentum proposes that when ongoing operant behavior is disrupted, changes in response rate are directly related to a force-like aspect of the disruptor and inversely proportional to behavioral mass. Several data sets suggest that differential resistance to change between the components of a multiple schedule satisfies the requirements of a ratio scale and is additive when different disruptors and different dimensions of reinforcement are combined. Differential resistance also provides a basis for scaling force in relation to rate of food presentation between components as a disruptor, and for scaling mass in relation to food rate within a component as a reinforcer. Preference in concurrent chains with terminal links identical to multiple-schedule components also meets the requirements of ratio-scale measurement, is additive when different dimensions of reinforcement are combined, and provides convergent measurement of behavioral mass.
John A. Nevin
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Title:  Behavioural processes     Volume:  57     ISSN:  1872-8308     ISO Abbreviation:  Behav. Processes     Publication Date:  2002 Apr 
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Created Date:  2002-Apr-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7703854     Medline TA:  Behav Processes     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  187-198     Citation Subset:  -    
University of New Hampshire, 03824, Durham, NH, USA
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