Psychonomic Science

, Volume 2, Issue 1–12, pp 19–20 | Cite as

Conditioning with a passive person reinforcer and extinction in Shetland sheep dog puppies

  • Walter C. Stanley
  • Dale D. Morris
  • Alice Trattner
Animal Learning Conditioning


The Ss progressively increased their speed of running to a goal area containing a passive person and progressively decreased their speed when the person was absent. The passive person appears to be a positive (stimulus-presentation) rather than a negative (stimulus-termination) reinforcer in puppies.


Trial Block Daily Session Goal Area Extinction Criterion Passive Person 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter C. Stanley
    • 1
  • Dale D. Morris
    • 2
  • Alice Trattner
    • 3
  1. 1.National Institute Of Mental HealthUSA
  2. 2.Argonne National LaboratoryUSA
  3. 3.University Of CaliforniaDavis

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