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Master of Science (MS)
The purpose of the study was to determine whether a previously reinforced response would resurge following the reinforcement and subsequent extinction of a second response when the two responses were established using two different reinforcers, and when both responses had been equivalent training. Rats were trained to press either a lever or a key with either food or water as the reinforcer. After this response had been extinguished, the alternative behavior was trained with the alternate reinforcer. Finally, this second behavior was extinguished. Little resurgence of the original response was noted for either subjects trained under same- or different- reinforcer conditions.
Light-Richter, Lori, "The Effect of Reinforcer Type on the Resurgence of Responding" (1987). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 969.
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