Human Vigilance and Operant Behavior

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Science  24 Mar 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3456, pp. 880-881
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3456.880


The analysis of vigilance as operant behavior treats illumination (observing) responses as operants that produce signal-detections. Evidence is presented that the relationship is an artifact of the procedure, and that no vigilance factor is involved in illumination-responses.