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Reinforcer Satiation and Resistance to Change of Responding Maintained by Qualitatively Different Reinforcers
Behavioural Processes (2009)
  • Cristopher A. Podlesnik, Utah State University
  • Timothy A. Shahan, Utah State University

In previous research on resistance to change, differential disruption of operant behavior by satiation has been used to assess the relative strength of responding maintained by different rates or magnitudes of the same reinforcer in different stimulus contexts. The present experiment examined resistance to disruption by satiation of one reinforcer type when qualitatively different reinforcers were arranged in different contexts. Rats earned either food pellets or a 15% sucrose solution on variable-interval 60-s schedules of reinforcement in the two components of a multiple schedule. Resistance to satiation was assessed by providing free access either to food pellets or the sucrose solution prior to or during sessions. Responding systematically decreased more relative to baseline in the component associated with the satiated reinforcer. These findings suggest that when qualitatively different reinforcers maintain responding, relative resistance to change depends upon the relations between reinforcers and disrupter types.

  • Behavioral momentum theory,
  • Qualitatively different reinforcers,
  • Disrupters,
  • Satiation,
  • Contrafreeloading,
  • Lever press,
  • Rat
Publication Date
January 1, 2009
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Citation Information
Podlesnik, C. A., & Shahan, T. A. (2009). Reinforcer satiation and resistance to change of responding maintained by qualitatively different reinforcers. Behavioural Processes, 81, 126-132.