Five undergraduates responded under a fixed-ratio (FR) 145 schedule, and 5 others responded under a differential-reinforcement-of-low-rate (DRL) 20-s schedule. Both groups were then exposed to a differential-reinforcement-of-rates-with-pacing 1 s < interresponse time (IRT) ≤ 2 s schedule. Following this, probe sessions under fixed-interval (FI) 20-s, variable-interval (VI) 20-s, and FR 145 schedules were interspersed among baseline sessions of the 1 s < IRT ≤ 2 s schedule. Response rates under the FI and VI schedules were higher for participants with a history of the FR schedule than for those with a DRL history. Under the FR schedule, such a systematic difference by remote histories was observed only during the first of the 3 probe sessions.
"An Exploration of Remote History Effects in Humans: II. The Effects Under Fixed-Interval, Variable-Interval, and Fixed-Ratio Schedules,"
The Psychological Record: Vol. 60
, Article 2.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/tpr/vol60/iss1/2