Discriminative activation and maintenance of contingent self-reinforcement

Bandura, A.; Mahoney, M.J.; Dirks, S.J.

Behaviour Research and Therapy 14(1): 1-6


ISSN/ISBN: 0005-7967
PMID: 938415
Accession: 005168752

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The present experiment studied the process by which environmental events come to exercise some degree of control over the activation of contingent self-reinforcement. Through differential training, pigeons learned to impose performance requirements for self-reward in certain environmental contexts but not in others. Both contextual influences and periodic negative consequences for noncontingent self-reward increased adherence to response requisites for self-reinforcement.