Modulation of Elicited Behavior by a Fixed-Interval Schedule of Electric Shock Presentation

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Science  14 Jul 1967:
Vol. 157, Issue 3785, pp. 215-217
DOI: 10.1126/science.157.3785.215


Responding elicited in the squirrel monkey by electric shocks presented every 60 seconds was gradually altered in temporal patterning, especially when the shock was also produced by responses under a 30-second fixed-interval schedule. The initially elicited pattern of maximal responding just after each shock was altered by the recurrent shock and by the added fixed-interval schedule to a pattern of maximal responding just before each shock. Most shocks were produced by responses and the response pattern was maintained for several months, but little responding occurred when shocks were omitted.