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      Operant Conditioning of Heart Rate in Free-Moving Dogs

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      Cardiology

      S. Karger AG

      Response specificity, Conditioning, Heart rate

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          The magnitude of changes in heart rate that could be induced by the operant conditioning of beat-to-beat intervals was determined. Shock avoidance methods were employed during 71 sessions conducted over 17 weeks in 3 free-moving mongrel dogs. Experimental periods during which conditioning was done alternated with baseline periods. Heart rate differences between baseline and experimental periods were used as indices of conditioning. Alterations in heart rate were compared among four types of sessions: control, random shock, decrement conditioning and increment conditioning. Conditioned heart rate decrements averaged 3% while heart rate increments averaged 10%. Thus, operant conditioning carried out over prolonged periods of time resulted in relatively minor changes in heart rate.

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          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1976
          1976
          29 October 2008
          : 61
          : 2
          : 138-145
          Affiliations
          Cardiovascular Research Laboratory of the Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Mass., and Department of Psychology and Social Relations, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
          Article
          169755 Cardiology 1976;61:138–145
          10.1159/000169755
          975129
          © 1976 S. Karger AG, Basel

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