Lab 5 - Kevin Bulvanoski Lab #5 Lab 5: Sniffy This lab...

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Kevin Bulvanoski Lab #5 Lab 5: Sniffy This lab deals with conditioning. The two types of conditioning are classical and operant conditioning. In classical conditioning, the conditioned stimulus is repeatedly paired with the unconditioned stimulus, to eventually produce a conditioned response. For example, in a dog, food, the unconditioned stimulus, produces salivation, the unconditioned response. Now, if the sound of a bell, the conditioned stimulus, was repeatedly paired with the food, the unconditioned stimulus, one would hope to eventually produce a conditioned response, that is salivation at the sound of the bell. In operant conditioning, consequences of behavior are manipulated in order to increase or decrease the frequency of an existing response or to shape a new response. In this lab we will be using classical conditioning, and the process of shaping, or gradually molding a desired response through reinforcement. There are four schedules of reinforcement: fixed-ratio, variable-ratio, fixed-interval, and variable-interval. This lab deals with the fixed-ratio schedule of reinforcement, where a reinforcer is given after a fixed number of correct, non-reinforced responses. Methods Participants: Computer-animated Sniffy, and a male college student. Materials: A computer, and the Sniffy computer program. Procedure: Open up the computer program called “Sniffy the Virtual Rat,” by double clicking the Sniffy icon on the desktop. Set the parameters of the experiment by choosing Design operant experiment from the Experiment menu. Now, observe the new window
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This note was uploaded on 05/06/2008 for the course PSYCH 101 taught by Professor Cloonan during the Spring '08 term at Fordham.

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Lab 5 - Kevin Bulvanoski Lab #5 Lab 5: Sniffy This lab...

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