Title

Satiation causes within-session decreases in instrumental responding

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Bizo, LA, Bogdanov, SV & Killeen, PR 1998, 'Satiation causes within-session decreases in instrumental responding, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 439-452.

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

The amount of food necessary to cause within-session decreases in response rates was investigated by varying reinforcer duration (Experiment 1) and grain size (Experiment 2). Within-session response rates quickly increased to a peak, and the decrease throughout the rest of the session was greater for conditions with larger amounts of food. The decreases were greatest for the pigeons that ate the least when food was freely available. Previous studies of within-session changes in responding are reviewed and reinterpreted. It was concluded that satiation causes the decrease in responding and that this effect is not restricted to extreme manipulations of the amount of food consumed.