Magnitude of Reinforcement and Consummatory Behavior

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Science  31 Jul 1959:
Vol. 130, Issue 3370, pp. 269-271
DOI: 10.1126/science.130.3370.269


The rates at which white rats licked saline, sucrose, and saccharin solutions, respectively, were measured by cumulative recording of tongue contacts with the solution in question. The local rate of licking was constant for all solutions, but differences in the distribution of sustained periods of licking were related to the type and concentration of the fluid consumed.