Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/21061
Title: Behavioural variability
Contributor(s): Doolan, Kathleen E (author); Bizo, Lewis (author); McEwan, James S (author)
Publication Date: 2013
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/21061
Abstract: The added reinforcement of variable responding will facilitate the learning of a difficult target sequence in rats, however, the added requirement of variability has been shown to impede difficult sequence learning in humans. The present study aimed to explore the notion of sequence difficulty in humans by manipulating sequence length (6-12 items). Eighty participants were randomly allocated to one of two groups: Control and Variable. In the control conditions sequences were only reinforced if they were the target sequence, in the variability conditions sequences were concurrently reinforced on a Variable Interval 60-s schedule if the just entered sequence met a variability criterion. For the six-item sequence (122121) the Control group were most likely to produce the target sequence, while for the twelve digit sequence (221112211121) there was no difference between the two groups. The Variable group were most likely to produce the target sequence for the intermediate nine-digit sequence (112212121).The use of sequence length as a definition of sequence difficulty in both the current and previous studies are discussed.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 10th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis, Auckland, New Zealand, 30th August - 1st September, 2013
Conference Details: 10th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis, Auckland, New Zealand, 30th August - 1st September, 2013
Source of Publication: New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis 10th Annual Conference Programme, p. 15-15
Publisher: New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis (NZABA)
Place of Publication: Auckland, New Zealand
Field of Research (FOR): 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
170299 Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
Other Links: https://nzaba.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/nzaba_programme_20133.pdf
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