Time-out from Positive Reinforcement

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Science  10 Feb 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3450, pp. 382-383
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3450.382


When an organism can itself impose extinction during fixed-ratio food reinforcement, the duration of the extinction period is a function of the number of responses required for reinforcement. Typically, the subject imposes extinction at the start of the usual fixed-ratio run.