Accession Number : AD0638646

Title :   STUDY OF RESPONSE ECONOMY IN HUMAN OPERANT BEHAVIOR.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.

Corporate Author : ITT FEDERAL LABS NUTLEY N J

Report Date : 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 100

Abstract : These studies show that the key-pressing behavior of human subjects in a free-responding situation is strongly and systematically influenced by threshold integral Fdt, the time integral of response force exerted on the key. Emission of supra-threshold integral Fdt as well as rate of responding is affected. Sensitivity to other aspects of the experimental situation, such as the schedule of reinforcement, may be enhanced by increasing integral Fdt above a minimal level. There is a tendency, observed in several phases of these studies, for the subject to react to change in threshold integral Fdt by adjusting his responding to maintain a constant rate of effort. In view of these findings, the results obtained in this type of experimentation are significantly influenced by the characteristics of the required response. Thus, specification and control of response characteristics are essential for comparability of results among experiments. Further, the selection of suitable response characteristics will improve the experimental control of behavior and provide a more stable baseline for measuring the effect of other experimental variables. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*OPERATORS(PERSONNEL), BEHAVIOR), THRESHOLDS(PHYSIOLOGY), REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY), FORCE(MECHANICS), MOTOR REACTIONS, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), PERFORMANCE(HUMAN)

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE