Psychometrika

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 125–138 | Cite as

A mathematical model for conditioning

  • G. W. Boguslavsky
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Abstract

It is postulated that occurrence of a conditioned response depends on recurrence of one of a finite number of specific vigilance reactions. Number of trial on which a conditioned response occurs is shown to be a sufficient statistic for estimating the number of such vigilance reactions. The hypothesis is tested by noting whether numbers of trials on which conditioned responses occur fall within confidence intervals determined on the basis of a selected sufficient statistic. Applications of the model to psychological research are suggested.

Keywords

Confidence Interval Mathematical Model Public Policy Finite Number Statistical Theory 

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© Psychometric Society 1955

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. W. Boguslavsky
    • 1
  1. 1.Cornell UniversityUSA

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