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A clock not wound runs down

A clock not wound runs down
A clock not wound runs down
Seven pigeons were trained to respond on one key during the first half of a 60-s trial, and on another during the second half, to test the prediction that the rate of the internal pacemaker should slow in the absence of reward. The relative probability of responding was well-described by Erlang distributions, which yielded as parameters the period of the pacemaker and the criterial number of counts for switching to the second key. During a subsequent period of extinction the period increased linearly with time in extinction, and the criterial count decreased. This slowing of the pacemaker was predicted by the Behavioral Theory of timing, but not by other theories.
extinction, timing, pacemaker, pigeons, behavior, response time
0376-6357
129-139
Killeen, Peter R.
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Hall, Scott
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Bizo, Lewis A.
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Killeen, Peter R.
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Hall, Scott
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Bizo, Lewis A.
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Killeen, Peter R., Hall, Scott and Bizo, Lewis A. (1999) A clock not wound runs down. Behavioural Processes, 45 (1-3), 129-139. (doi:10.1016/S0376-6357(99)00014-5).

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Abstract

Seven pigeons were trained to respond on one key during the first half of a 60-s trial, and on another during the second half, to test the prediction that the rate of the internal pacemaker should slow in the absence of reward. The relative probability of responding was well-described by Erlang distributions, which yielded as parameters the period of the pacemaker and the criterial number of counts for switching to the second key. During a subsequent period of extinction the period increased linearly with time in extinction, and the criterial count decreased. This slowing of the pacemaker was predicted by the Behavioral Theory of timing, but not by other theories.

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Published date: 1999
Additional Information: Special issue on timing
Keywords: extinction, timing, pacemaker, pigeons, behavior, response time

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Local EPrints ID: 18444
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/18444
ISSN: 0376-6357
PURE UUID: cfd1180c-858e-4ca6-b313-7ee5bc5f9b42

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Date deposited: 19 Dec 2005
Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 19:28

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