Force of Response during Ratio Reinforcement

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Science  26 Oct 1962:
Vol. 138, Issue 3539, pp. 516-517
DOI: 10.1126/science.138.3539.516


Sharp decline in response force after reinforcement and progressive force elevation over a sequence of unreinforced responses were observed for subjects in a fixed ratio lever-press situation. It is suggested that these systematic variations in force level may provide, through feedback, discriminable cues for behavioral regulation.