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ERIC Number: EJ862910
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0022-5002
Extensive Training Is Insufficient to Produce the Work-Ethic Effect in Pigeons
Vasconcelos, Marco; Urcuioli, Peter J.
Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, v91 n1 p143-152 Jan 2009
Zentall and Singer (2007a) hypothesized that our failure to replicate the work-ethic effect in pigeons (Vasconcelos, Urcuioli, & Lionello-DeNolf, 2007) was due to insufficient overtraining following acquisition of the high- and low-effort discriminations. We tested this hypothesis using the original work-ethic procedure (Experiment 1) and one similar to that used with starlings (Experiment 2) by providing at least 60 overtraining sessions. Despite this extensive overtraining, neither experiment revealed a significant preference for stimuli obtained after high effort. Together with other findings, these data support our contention that pigeons do not reliably show a work-ethic effect. (Contains 2 figures and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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