Psych M.D.-Fixed Ratio Schedule


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Term: Fixed-Ratio Schedule
Definition (Myers): in operant conditioning, a schedule of reinforcement that reinforces a response only after a specified number of responses 1
Definition (alternative): A reinforcer is given after a specified number of correct responses. This schedule is used to increase and maintain a steady rate of specific responses. It is the best schedule for learning a new behavior. 2
Contextual explanation: This is when a reward always occurs after fixed number of responses. For example, a rat might have to press a lever ten times in order to receive a food pellet. (Watch the Youtube video to see this in action!)
Related terms and concepts: insert links to other pages on The Neuron here
  • Learning
  • Reinforcement Schedules
  • Variable-Ratio Schedule
  • Fixed-Interval Schedule
  • Variable-Interval Schedule
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Schedules of Reinforcement 4
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  1. Myers, D. G. (2004). Psychology. New York, New York: Worth Publishers.
  2. Fixed Ratio Schedule. (n.d.). Retrieved September 13, 2009, from http://www.betabunny.com/behaviorism/FRS.htm
  3. YouTube - Skinner Box Fixed Ratio Experiment. (n.d.). Retrieved September 13, 2009, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Hd2rd1elOY&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Ftheneuron.wikifoundry.com%2Fpage%2FPsych%2BM.D.-Fixed%2BRatio%2BSchedule&feature=player_embedded
  4. Huitt, W., & Hummel, J. (1997). An introduction to operant (instrumental) conditioning. Educational Psychology Interactive. Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University. Retrieved [date] from, http://chiron.valdosta.edu/whuitt/col/behsys/operant.html
Edited by: Jennifer
Date of last edit: 9/10/09



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