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dc.contributor.authorPapajohn, John Christopheren_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-05T17:29:11Z
dc.date.available2018-04-05T17:29:11Z
dc.date.issued1962
dc.date.submitted1962
dc.identifier.otherb14678007
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/28117
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.)--Boston Universityen_US
dc.description.abstractThis experiment employed reinforcement theory as a conceptual frame of reference in which the effect of reserpine on the strength of a verbal response conditioned under a schedule of partial reinforcement was investigated. Clinical studies were reviewed which reported that the intensity of compulsions in obsessive-compulsive patients was diminished after the onset of reserpine administration. It was noted that compulsive behavior observed clinically shares properties in common with behavior conditioned under a schedule of partial reinforcement in the laboratory - chiefly in that it is relatively inflexible, very difficult to alter and it inhibits the learning of new behavior. No attempt was made to equate the two but it was pointed out that the investigation of reserpine on an isolated segment of verbal behavior could help to understand its effects on more complex behavioral constellations [TRUNCATED]en_US
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dc.publisherBoston Universityen_US
dc.rightsBased on investigation of the BU Libraries' staff, this work is free of known copyright restrictions.en_US
dc.titleThe effect of reserpine on the strength of a verbal responseen_US
dc.typeThesis/Dissertationen_US
etd.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_US
etd.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
etd.degree.disciplinePsychologyen_US
etd.degree.grantorBoston Universityen_US


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