Fixed-time schedule effects as a function of baseline reinforcement rate
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Ringdahl, Joel E.; Vollmer, Timothy R.; Borrero, John C.; Connell, James E.; Fixed-time schedule effects as a function of baseline reinforcement rate; Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis 34(1): 1–15 (2001); https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1284291/
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Using an arbitrary response, we evaluated fixed-time (FT) schedules that were either similar or dissimilar to a baseline (response-dependent) reinforcement schedule and extinction. Results suggested that both FT schedules and extinction resulted in decreased responding. However, FT schedules were more effective in reducing response rates if the FT reinforcer rate was dissimilar to baseline reinforcer rates. Possible reasons for this difference were evaluated with data analysis methods designed to identify adventitious response-reinforcer relations.