Negative automaintenance omission training is effective

Federico Sanabria, Matthew T. Sitomer, Peter R. Killeen

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Twelve pigeons were exposed to negative automaintenance contingencies for 17-27 sessions immediately after brief (14-16 sessions) or extended (168-237 sessions) exposure to positive automaintenance contingencies, or after 4-10 sessions of instrumental training. In all conditions, negative automaintenance contingencies virtually eliminated responding, reducing response rates to an average 1.3 responses per min. This reduction in response rate was validated by a model of transition between early and late response rates that assumed exponential transition of rates from one set of contingencies to the next. The model faithfully reproduced cumulative records, and yielded estimates of terminal rates under negative automaintenance that were close to operant level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the experimental analysis of behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2006


  • Autoshaping
  • Key peck
  • Negative automaintenance
  • Omission training
  • Persistence
  • Pigeons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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