Impulsive responding on the peak-interval procedure.

The pattern of responding on a peak-interval timing task allows one to make inferences regarding the sources of variation that contribute to interval timing behavior. Non-temporal factors such as impulsivity may impact the validity of these inferences. Rats were trained on a 15 s peakinterval procedure (PI) or a mixed 15 s behaviorally dependent variable-interval, 15 s peak-interval procedure (bdVIPI) for an extended number of sessions. Extended training on the PI revealed a bi-modal distribution in the times at which subjects started responding for temporally predictable reinforcement, suggesting that multiple processes contribute to the behavioral pattern obtained in this procedure. Training on the bdVIPI eliminated the early mode of this bi-modal distribution, thereby decreasing the variation in start times. These results suggest that alternative response options can modulate the influence of impulsivity in timing tasks.

Main Author: Matell, Matthew.
Other Authors: Portugal, George.
Format: Villanova Faculty Authorship
Language: English
Published: 2006
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