Accession Number : AD0718342

Title :   Marine Mammal Training Procedures. The Effects of Scheduled Reinforcement in the Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus).

Descriptive Note : Technical publication,

Corporate Author : NAVAL UNDERSEA RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Beach,Frank A. , III ; Pepper,Ross L.

Report Date : JAN 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : The paddle-press response of an Atlantic bottle-nose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) was studied in a free operant situation and compared to performance in short exposures to several partial reinforcement schedules. In a broader investigation, conditioning under a variable ratio schedule produced more responses, at a greater rate, and for a longer time period, than did conditioning with continuous reinforcement. After conditioning on the ratio schedule, responding continued in the absence of reinforcement for a long period of time. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*CETACEA, *BEHAVIOR), TRAINING, MAMMALS, AQUATIC ANIMALS, CONDITIONED RESPONSE, MARINE BIOLOGY

Subject Categories : Biology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE