Title

Secondary reinforcement in infants

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-1972

Abstract

A spatial discrimination was successfully formed by 10-month-old infants during a single experimental session on the basis of secondary reinforcement. In the first task, Ss received paired presentations of a tone and cereal for touching a target. After each reinforcement, 23 sec elapsed before another could be received and S heard a second tone during this period. In the second task, Ss heard the food-paired tone (T+) each time they touched one of 2 new targets and heard the second tone (Tn) each time they touched the other target. The number of responses producing T+ was reliably greater than the number producing Tn, thus demonstrating a genuine secondary reinforcement effect. © 1972.

Publication Title

Journal of Experimental Child Psychology

Volume

13

Issue

1

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