Determinants of choice for pigeons and humans on concurrent-chains schedules of reinforcement

Author
Belke, T. W.
Pierce, W. D.
Powell, Russ
Faculty Advisor
Date
1989
Keywords
choice behavior , concurrent reinforcement schedules , preferences , task complexity , pigeons , species differences , animals , choice behavior , Columbidae , humans , male , models, psychological , reinforcement (psychology) , reinforcement schedule , time factors
Abstract (summary)
Demonstrated that the determinants of choice and preference are different for pigeons and humans exposed to the same concurrent schedules of reinforcement. Four male pigeons and 4 male undergraduates replicated E. Fantino's (see record 1970-03386-001 ) experiment that manipulated initial-link duration to test the divergent predictions of the delay-reproduction and reinforcement-density equations. Condition 1 exposed Ss to VI 90-sec and 30-sec initial links. Conditions 2 and 3 arranged equal initial-link schedules of 40 sec or 120 sec. Pigeons strongly preferred the alternative with the shorter terminal-link time to reinforcement, while delay-reduction equations did not predict the performance of humans in the unequal initial-link.
Publication Information
Belke, T. W., Pierce, W. D., & Powell, R. A. (1989). Determinants of choice for pigeons and humans on concurrent-chains schedules of reinforcement. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 52, 97-109.
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Language
English
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