Date of Graduation
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Philip N. Chase.
The current experiments examined the relation between resurgence and the sensitivity of instructed behavior to contingency changes. Although previous investigations have examined resurgence with directly reinforced responses, no studies had examined situations where the responses that recurred during extinction belonged to the class of rule-governed behavior and where the specific responses had not been reinforced directly within the experiment. To address this issue, the current experiments examined the effect of a history of instructing responding at different rates without directly reinforcing these specific rates. Both resurgence and sensitivity to environmental changes were measured to determine whether the instructed responses would recur and whether they would affect the sensitivity of responding to novel contingencies. Instructed behavior resurged and two factors affected the sensitivity of rule-governed behavior to environmental changes: (a) the recurrence of both directly reinforced responses and responses under instructional control, and (b) subjects' history of reinforcement for responding variably.
Aguilera, Carolina, "Resurgence of inaccurately instructed behavior" (2003). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 1821.