COMPARING COORDINATED RESPONDING IN PAIRS OF RATS WHEN BOTH OPERANTS AND AGGREGATE PRODUCTS ARE SELECTED BY INTERMITTENT TEMPORAL CONSEQUENCES

João Claudio Todorov, Lucas Couto de Carvalho, Deisy das Graças de Souza

Abstract


Three pairs of rats worked in two adjacent operant chambers separated by a Plexiglas wall. In some experimental conditions, lever-presses were independent operants maintained by either a fixed-interval (FI) or variable interval (VI) schedule. In other conditions, each rat lever-press was part of two interlocked behavior contingencies as part of a metacontingency: its aggregate product, a brief flash of light, was maintained either by a FI or a VI schedule of mutual water presentation. The results clearly show that the interlocking of behavioral contingencies in the design of an experimental metacontingency established a pattern of cooperation between the rats.


Keywords


Cooperation; metacontingencies; temporal schedules; water; rats

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5514/rmac.v46.i2.77881


Editor in Chief:

Dr. Carlos J. Flores-Aguirre

editor_general@rmac-mx.org

ISSN: 0185-4534

ISSN Electrónico: 2007-0802