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ERIC Number: EJ992098
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0022-5002
Reinforcement Value and Substitutability of Sucrose and Wheel Running: Implications for Activity Anorexia
Belke, Terry W.; Duncan, Ian D.; Pierce, W. David
Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, v86 n2 p131-158 Sep 2006
Choice between sucrose and wheel-running reinforcement was assessed in two experiments. In the first experiment, ten male Wistar rats were exposed to concurrent VI 30 s VI 30 s schedules of wheel-running and sucrose reinforcement. Sucrose concentration varied across concentrations of 2.5, 7.5, and 12.5%. As concentration increased, more behavior was allocated to sucrose and more reinforcements were obtained from that alternative. Allocation of behavior to wheel running decreased, but obtained wheel-running reinforcement did not change. Overall, the results suggested that food-deprived rats were sensitive to qualitative changes in food supply (sucrose concentration) while continuing to defend a level of physical activity (wheel running). In the second study, 15 female Long Evans rats were exposed to concurrent variable ratio schedules of sucrose and wheel-running, wheel-running and wheel-running, and sucrose and sucrose reinforcement. For each pair of reinforcers, substitutability was assessed by the effect of income-compensated price changes on consumption of the two reinforcers. Results showed that, as expected, sucrose substituted for sucrose and wheel running substituted for wheel running. Wheel running, however, did not substitute for sucrose; but sucrose partially substituted for wheel running. We address the implications of the interrelationships of sucrose and wheel running for an understanding of activity anorexia. (Contains 6 tables and 8 figures.)
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Language: English
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