Social disruption of performance on a DRL schedule

Ladd Wheeler, Hank Davis

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Four rats were trained to stable performance on a schedule which reinforced only bar presses exceeding an inter-response time of ten sec. (DRL 10 sec). The trained animals, when performing in the presence of other animals, emitted responses having shorter inter-response times than when alone, and as a consequence received fewer reinforcements than when alone. These results are consistent with the theory that being in the presence of other organisms increases arousal, which in turn increases the probability that the dominant response will be emitted.

LanguageEnglish
Pages249-250
Number of pages2
JournalPsychonomic Science
Volume7
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1967
Externally publishedYes

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Wheeler, Ladd ; Davis, Hank. / Social disruption of performance on a DRL schedule. In: Psychonomic Science. 1967 ; Vol. 7, No. 7. pp. 249-250.
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In: Psychonomic Science, Vol. 7, No. 7, 1967, p. 249-250.

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