Date

1961

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science

Department

Psychology

First Adviser

Solomon Weinstock

Abstract

There has been much theoretical controversy concerning acquisition of a response under partial, as opposed to continuous reinforcement. Results are in direct conflict with current learning theories. It was the purpose of the present study to test the hypothesis by Dr. Solomon Weinstock. A wide alleyway should provide the opportunity for more non-functional responses to occur and get built into the chain of responses learned by the animal than would a narrow alleyway. While the present study was designed to test the hypothesis about acquisition, extinction trials were also run.

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