Effects of shock on mirror reinforced behavior of better splendens

John G. Grabowski, Travis Thompson

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Mirror-reinforced operant behavior of male Siamese Fighting Fish was suppressed when shocks were presented immediately following the response (concurrent with mirror onset). Operant response rate increased when shock was presented at mirror-offset (30 sec following the operant) or when shocks were presented on a VI3 schedule noncontingent on the animal’s behavior. It was suggested that shock with mirror-offset and noncontingent shock increase the effectiveness of mirror reinforcement and the opportunity to engage in aggressive display, while shock with mirror onset punishes the operant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-174
Number of pages2
JournalPsychonomic Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1969


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