Conditioned reinforcement – starting to plan for my master’s thesis…

Right now my gut feeling is pointing my master’s thesis toward something within the realm of conditioned reinforcement… This article seems like a good starting point for further reading.

Kelleher, R. K. & Gollub, L. R. (1962) A review of positive conditioned reinforcement. JEAB 5: 543-597 doi:  10.1901/jeab.1962.5-s543

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1404082/pdf/jeabehav00189-0002.pdf

Four interesting questions from the article:

(1) Is the conditioned reinforcing effectiveness

of S, a function of the frequency of

reinforcement (reinforcements per min) or

the probability of reinforcement (the reciprocal

of responses per reinforcement) in Sl?

(2) Is the conditioned reinforcing effectiveness

of S, a function of the pattern of responding

which occurs in the presence of

Sl?

(3) Is the conditioned reinforcing effectiveness of SI a function of the type of schedule

of reinforcement occurring in S,? Although

this question is related to the second one,

there is an important distinction. A DRL

schedule and a VI schedule in Sl, for example,

might generate similar rates and

patterns of response, and frequencies of reinforcement,

but the conditioned reinforcing

effectiveness of SI might depend on the

type of schedule used.

(4) Is establishing S1, as a discriminative

stimulus a necessary and sufficient condition

for making S1 a conditioned reinforcer?

—too bad I don’t have time to submerge myself into reading right now…

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En kommentar till Conditioned reinforcement – starting to plan for my master’s thesis…

  1. Mary Hunter skriver:

    Would love to hear more about your thesis as it develops! 🙂

    ~Mary

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