Psychonomic Science

, Volume 2, Issue 1–12, pp 137–138 | Cite as

Toward empirical behavior laws: II. Effectiveness of a conditioned reinforcer paired with food and shock

  • Evalyn F. Segal
Animal Learning Reinforcement


A buzzer was paired with food in control rats and with food and shock in experimentals. (1) Baseline bar pressing in experimentais was depressed. (2) Both groups pressed equally often, on the average, to produce the buzzer. (3) Behavior change was greater in experimentals. The data are consistent with a totality-of-reaction theory of conditioned reinforcement.


Conditioned Reinforcement Conditioned Reinforcer Positive Reinforcingness Siamese Fighting Fish Conditioned Suppres 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evalyn F. Segal
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  1. 1.San Diego State CollegeUSA

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