Reinforcement Reduction: A Method for Training Ratio Behavior

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Science  26 Jan 1968:
Vol. 159, Issue 3813, pp. 444
DOI: 10.1126/science.159.3813.444


By use of intracranial stimulation as reinforcement, fixed-ratio performance could be established directly from continuous reinforcement by gradual reduction of the train duration of the stimuli contingent on all but the terminal response in the desired ratio. Furthermore, stimuli of subreinforcement strength enhanced ratio performance when introduced after training by the conventional method.