Schedule-Induced Behavior: Could The Concept Be Generalized To Aggressive Responding In Rats?

Daniela Fazzio Laboratory of Experimental Psychology Pontifícia Universidade Católica - São Paulo, Brazil ABA 1998 Convention in Chicago, IL

The adjunctive behavior first observed by Falk (1961), polidipsia, has been largely studied resulting in a rich literature about that, the prototype of scheduleinduced behavior. Many other studies tried to demonstrate the generality of the phenomenon with other behaviors as well as other species, including humans. There are controversies about which other behaviors could be classified as schedule-induced. Attack behavior in pigeons has met criteria for schedule-induced (Roper, T.J., 1969). Aggressive behaviors were also studied, in fewer studies, with rats and monkeys. Considering the study of adjunctive behavior with animals important also for the understanding of human behavior disorders, this study targeted schedule-induced aggressive behavior in rats exposed to a FT60” food-schedule (phase 1).

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