Psychonomic Science

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 133–135 | Cite as

Transformation of polydipsic drinking into operant drinking: A paradigm?

  • Evalyn F. Segal
Animal Psychology Motivation


Polydipsia in a rat, induced by spacing of small food portions, spontaneously evolved into an operant drinking response, adventitiously reinforced by food deliveries. As operant control became stronger, the inductive control of food over polydipsic drinking disappeared. The final form of the behavior responded to amphetamine in the same way that other moderate-rate operants do, and unlike the way polydipsia does. The present, unprogrammed result suggests one origin of operant behavior, and suggests that there is a range of behavior between simple reflexes and operants.


Amphetamine Food Delivery Wheel Running Experimental Analysis ofBehavior Stimulus Animal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evalyn F. Segal
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  1. 1.University of Illinois at Chicago CircleChicagoUSA

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