Acquisition of Key-Pecking via Autoshaping as a Function of Prior Experience: "Learned Laziness"?

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Science  01 Dec 1972:
Vol. 178, Issue 4064, pp. 1002-1004
DOI: 10.1126/science.178.4064.1002


A group of pigeons that had previously received noncontingent food delivery acquired the key-peck response (in autoshape training) more slowly than did a naive control group; key-peck acquisition was most rapid for a group given operant treadle-press training in the initial phase.

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