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Increasing the persistence of a heterogeneous behavior chain: Studies of extinction in a rat model of search behavior of working dogs

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Dogs trained to search for contraband perform a chain of behavior in which they first search for a target and then make a separate response that indicates to the trainer that they have found one. The dogs often conduct multiple searches without encountering a target and receiving the reinforcer (i.e., no contraband is present). Understanding extinction (i.e., the decline in work rate when reinforcers are no longer encountered) may assist in training dogs to work in conditions where targets ar...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted manuscript

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10.1016/j.beproc.2016.05.009

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Thraikill, E More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Porritt, F More by this author
Bouton, ME More by this author
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Grant:
CONTEST programme
Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Behavioural Processes Journal website
Volume:
129
Pages:
44-53
Publication date:
2016-06-13
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EISSN:
1872-8308
ISSN:
0376-6357
URN:
uuid:7a8c75bf-174e-497d-8b9b-68f3d76bc504
Source identifiers:
625272
Local pid:
pubs:625272

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