Maintenance of Avoidance Behavior under Temporally Defined Contingencies

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Science  27 Jan 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3448, pp. 284-285
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3448.284-a


Operant behavior of rats was maintained at moderate frequencies by a temporally defined shock avoidance schedules. Progressive reductions in one of the temporal parameters of this schedule—the portion during which behavior may have consequences—yield an orderly response rate function which first rises to a maximum and then declines gradually to extinction.