Lecture 9 - Stimulus Control of Behavior

Lecture 9 - Stimulus Control of Behavior - Stimulus Control...

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Stimulus Control of Behavior
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I. Definition Performance of response in appropriate situations – what controls the response? Examples: undressing in public; trying to study at home during holidays
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II. Stimulus Discrimination How do we tell if instrumental response (IR) has come under the control of a stimulus? A: stimulus discrimination - Does organism perform IR in presence of that stimulus and does not perform IR in the presence of a different stimulus? - If so, we say that differential responding is occurring. Organism is responding differently to those different stimuli.
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II. Cont. Example: pigeons Training: Test: Present and
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II. cont Which shape does pigeon peck at most? Is responding for test shapes less than for the compound stimulus? A: Depends on the individual animal Human example: traffic light, others? Application: training good sleeping habits in babies; make their bed a discriminative stimulus for sleep
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III. Stimulus Generalization How sensitive is the organism to
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