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ERIC Number: EJ872843
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0022-5002
A Paradigm for Operant Conditioning in Blow Flies ("Phormia Terrae Novae" Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830)
Sokolowski, Michel B. C.; Disma, Gerald; Abramson, Charles I.
Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, v93 n1 p81-89 Jan 2010
An operant conditioning situation for the blow fly ("Protophormia terrae novae") is described. Individual flies are trained to enter and reenter a hole as the operant response. Only a few sessions of contingent reinforcement are required to increase response rates. When the response is no longer followed by food, the rate of entering the hole decreases. Control procedures revealed that rate of responding is not a simple overall result of feeding or of aging. The flies entered into the hole only if the response was required to obtain the food. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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