El camino de la presión a la palanca al GPS

Translated title of the contribution: The road from lever-press to GPS

Elias Robles-Sotelo

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B.F. Skinner developed the operant laboratory using electromechanical technology available in the 1930s. Since then, electronics and digital computers have changed the way in which events are recorded, and experiments programed and controlled. However, the essential features of the operant preparation (a set of instruments, concepts, and procedures seamlessly integrated to reliably render samples of operant behavior) have remained for the most part intact. Years of accumulated knowledge may be necessary to understand the extent of a model’s capacity and limitations. In the case of the operant preparation, a number of important limitations to its original accepted validity have appeared over time, derived from new data and more inclusive theoretical frameworks. The aim of this paper is to examine the significance of the operant assay, and to consider potential extensions to incorporate dimensions of behavior made possible by new and emerging theories and technologies.

Translated title of the contributionThe road from lever-press to GPS
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)164-176
Number of pages13
JournalRevista Mexicana de Analisis de la Conducta
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017


  • Experimental preparation
  • Global positioning system
  • GPS
  • Instrumentation
  • Laboratory equipment
  • Lever press
  • Operant behavior
  • Skinner box

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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