Reinforcement Schedule Generated by an On-line Digital Computer

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Science  30 Apr 1965:
Vol. 148, Issue 3670, pp. 658-661
DOI: 10.1126/science.148.3670.658


A LINC digital computer was used to generate an autoregressive schedule of reinforcement. On such a schedule the probability of reinforcement is a function of the similarity in duration of the intervals between successive responses. A detailed analysis of the data obtained from monkeys on this schedule demonstrated two distinct tendencies in their behavior: a tendency for periodic response and a tendency for serial dependence between successive interresponse times.