Matching Law

Matching Law

by Richard J. Herrnstein
     
 

This collection consists of Richard Herrnstein's most important and original contributions to the social and behavioral sciences--his papers on choice behavior in animals and humans and on his discovery and elucidation of a general principle of choice called the matching law.See more details below

Overview

This collection consists of Richard Herrnstein's most important and original contributions to the social and behavioral sciences--his papers on choice behavior in animals and humans and on his discovery and elucidation of a general principle of choice called the matching law.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674001770
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/19/2000
Series:
Russell Sage Foundation Books at Harvard University Press Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
0.72(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Editors' Note

Introduction

Part I. The Matching Law: Against Reflexology

1. Relative and Absolute Strength of Response as a Function of Frequency of Reinforcement

2. Toward a Law of Response Strength

3. Derivatives of Matching

4. Melioration as Behavioral Dynamism

Part II. Self-Control

5. Choice and Delay of Reinforcement

6. Self-Control as Response Strength

7. On the Functions Relating Delay,
Reinforcer Value, and Behavior

8. Lost and Found: One Self

9. A Theory of Addiction

Part III. Against Optimization

10. Stability, Melioration, and Natural Selection

11. Rational Choice Theory: Necessary but Not Sufficient

12. Behavior, Reinforcement, and Utility

13. Experiments on Stable Suboptimality in Individual Behavior

14. Melioration: A Theory of Distributed Choice

15. Preferences or Principles: Alternative Guidelines for Choice

References

Index

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