Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts

First Advisor

Dr. Chris Koronakos

Second Advisor

Dr. Paul T. Mountjoy

Third Advisor

Dr. Frank Fatzinger

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Gerbils were fed under two different schedules for six weeks after base-line measurement of open-table-top exploratory behavior. One schedule was a variable schedule such that a variable food amount could be administered at any time or place within the S's environment. The other schedule was fixed as to amount of food, time of administration, and feeding area. Separate Ss were utilized under each schedule and total amounts of food per group was equal. Both groups were retested for exploration after termination of the six week feeding schedule and statistical comparisons were made to S's baseline exploration. The fixed-fed Ss showed a significant response decrement (P<.05, 5df); these Ss explored less after the feeding schedule. Ss which received the variable feeding schedule, however, showed no signi ficant deviation from baseline exploration. It was concluded that variability in finding food may play a contributory role in the maintenance of exploratory behavior.

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