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Does satiation close the open economy?

Authors
  • Posads-Sánchez, Diana1
  • Killeen, Peter R.1
  • 1 Arizona State University, Department of Psychology, Tempe, AZ, 85287-1104 , Tempe
Type
Published Article
Journal
Learning & Behavior
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2005
Volume
33
Issue
4
Pages
387–398
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3758/BF03193178
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Pigeons responded on fixed-interval and fixed-ratio food schedules during sessions of extended duration. Pause lengths from the beginning of the session, when the subjects were hungry, resembled those found in open economies, whereas pause lengths from the end of the sessions, when the subjects were close to satiation, resembled those from closed economies. A model of motivation captured key features of the data, suggesting that a changing level of hunger is a causal factor in the behavioral differences observed between open and closed economies. Behavioral theories may provide a parsimonious alternative to economic theories in accounting for such effects.

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