Term of Award

Spring 1974

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Department

Department of Psychology

Committee Chair

Paul R. Kleinginna, Jr.

Committee Member 1

J. Peter Kincaid

Committee Member 2

Richard L. Rogers

Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to condition king snakes to manipulate a pigeon key for water reinforcement. Two king snakes were used as control subjects receiving no reinforcement and two were used as experimental subjects to receive water reinforcement.

This study demonstrated that king snakes could be conditioned to press a pigeon key for water reinforcement on a continuous reinforcement schedule. There was evidence of conditioning, extinction, and re-conditioning.

Results of this study support the Kleinginna's results (1970)p that moulting decreased the conditioned response rate, but does not completely disrupt conditioning.

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