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Analysis of the Mediatory Role of Collateral Behaviour, Using a Differential Reinforcement of Response Duration (DRRD) Schedule with External Cues, in the Dog

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Michel Mercier ,

Rue de Bruxelles 61 5000 Namur, BE
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Eric Chleide,

Rue de Bruxelles 61 5000 Namur, BE
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Jacques Bruhwyler

Rue de Bruxelles 61 5000 Namur, BE
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Abstract

Numerous authors assign a mediatory role in respect of temporal regulation to collateral behaviour. Several hypotheses are proposed to account for these stereotyped activities: proprioceptive feedback, superstition or motor activities chain. They could intervene as compensatory mechanisms for the inhibition which is brought into play when there is temporal regulation and might only play a secondary role in marking out the time elapsed. The object of the research reported here is to evaluate the mediatory role of collateral behaviour in the dog, using a DRRD schedule. The DRRD schedule conditions the subject to hold a response for a fixed period and therefore restricts the repertoire of possible collateral activities and limits them spatially, thus adding a supplementary inhibitory charge to the temporal contingencies. The addition to this schedule of positive and negative external cues allows the measurement in respect of their compensatory role for the inhibitory mechanisms inherent in the temporal regulation.
How to Cite: Mercier, M., Chleide, E. and Bruhwyler, J., 1988. Analysis of the Mediatory Role of Collateral Behaviour, Using a Differential Reinforcement of Response Duration (DRRD) Schedule with External Cues, in the Dog. Psychologica Belgica, 28(2), pp.123–137. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pb.781
Published on 01 Jan 1988.
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