OPERANT CONDITIONING OF HEART RATE SPEEDING

Bernard T. Engel, Ray A. Chism

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to see if heart rate (HR) speeding could be operantly conditioned. Five experimental Ss and five yoked‐control Ss were studied. Experimental Ss were positively reinforced for speeding their HR on a beat‐by‐beat basis, whereas yoked‐control Ss were reinforced in a pattern based on the performance of paired experimental Ss. The data showed that: all Ss learned to speed their HR; some yoked‐controls responded with a pattern of response that included increased HR; and the techniques which Ss use to regulate their HR vary widely from one S to another.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)418-426
Number of pages9
JournalPSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1967

Keywords

  • Heart rate
  • Operant conditioning
  • Yoked‐control Ss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neurology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Biological Psychiatry

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