Accession Number : AD0657173

Title :   OPERANT CONDITIONING OF GSR AMPLITUDE.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : INDIANA UNIV BLOOMINGTON DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Helmer,J. E. ; Furedy,John J.

Report Date : AUG 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : An experimental group of 40 Ss was given a 5 cent-connected light as positive reinforcement contingent on their GSR amplitude following a lever press. A corresponding group of 40 control Ss had their reinforcement schedules yoked to that of their experimental partners. The Ss were told that reinforcement was dependent on the accuracy of their estimate of the conclusion of a 1-min. interval, as indicated by their lever press. Mean GSR amplitude following the lever press was significantly greater for the experimental (contingent reinforcement) Ss than for the non-contingent controls, indicating successful operant conditioning of a non-spontaneous autonomic response. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*CONDITIONED RESPONSE, *GALVANIC SKIN RESPONSE), AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM, MOTIVATION, REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY), PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY, RESPONSE(BIOLOGY)

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE