Operant behavior and the galvanic skin potential under DRL schedule

Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
E MeuriceW Sloboda


Motor and galvanic skin potential (GSP) activity were investigated during the conditioning, extinction, and reconditioning of motor responses under a differential reinforcement of low rate (DRL) schedule of reinforcement. Interresponse time (IRT) distributions for motor responses during conditioning and reconditioning gradually stabilized at a peak just beyond the minimal IRT required for reinforcement. Few unreinforced motor responses and "bursts" of motor responses were observed during conditioning and reconditioning. Relative to conditioning and reconditioning, extinction effected larger IRTs and smaller GSP amplitudes. GSP amplitudes were greater for unreinforced than for reinforced motor responses during conditioning and reconditioning. However, GSP amplitudes associated with the unreinforced extinction responses were smaller than either the reinforced or unreinforced responses during conditioning and reconditioning.


Apr 1, 1963·Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior·H Weiner
Oct 1, 1958·Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior·P B Dews, W H Morse


Sep 1, 1992·Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry·C Lindholm

Related Concepts

Conditioning (Psychology)
Operant Conditioning
Extinction, Psychological
Galvanic Skin Response
Psychological Reinforcement

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