Transfer of fixed- and variable-interval schedule control
Trained male albino rats to respond on either chain or response lever (R1) and then switched them to the alternate operandum (R2). In Exp. I, 4 Ss trained on an FI schedule of reinforcement on R1 acquired the FI scallop pattern of responding on R2 more rapidly than they had on R1. In Exp. II with 8 Ss, a pronounced FI scallop developed more rapidly on R2 in the presence of a stimulus previously correlated with an FI schedule than 1 previously correlated with a VI schedule of reinforcement for R1. Results are discussed in relation to respondent mediation, operant mediation, and nonmediational theories of FI responding.
Carlson, J. G., Wielkiewicz, R. M., & Modjeski, R. B. (1972). Transfer of fixed- and variable-interval schedule control. Psychological Record, 22, 531-542.