Behavioral competition: a mechanism for schedule interactions

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Science  27 Oct 1978:
Vol. 202, Issue 4366, pp. 432-434
DOI: 10.1126/science.705334


Rats pressing a lever for food reinforcement showed large positive-contrast effects when provided with the opportunity for a competing wheel-running response. Positive and negative behavioral contrast may reflect reallocation of competing interim and terminal responses between schedule components following changes in the reinforcement conditions in one component.