Stability, Melioration, & Natural Selection (1987)

[From Chris Cherpas (960404.1111 PT)]
    [re: > Rick Marken (960404.1030)]

I have been laboring under the impression that the essence of reinforcement
theory is the idea that reinforcement selects behavior.

I agree with this characterization of reinforcement theory.

If reinforcement theorists are just
arguing about which perceptual aspect of reinforcement organisms control...
...then I don't undertsand why they aren't more receptive to
PCT, which tells them _how_ organisms control these perceptions.

I'm not sure why either, but I think this is an area of opportunity.

When I suggested that CSGers read Killeen's article, I did it because
there were some references ("set-points") in Killeen's work suggesting
that there might be a fruitful discussion. I was probably wrong.
On the other hand, I've never thought this work represented the idea
of "reinforcement as selection," nor was I particularly in agreement
with Killeen's general framework.

What I do think is representative of reinforcement as selection,
and also represents the general framework in which I did some of
my graduate work is an article I am willing to send to the first
five people who send their snail mail addresses to me at:

    ccherpas@cccpp.com

The article is:

    "Stability, Melioration, and Natural Selection" by William Vaughan
    and R.J. Herrnstein (1987) in _Advances in Behavioral Economics:
    Volume 1_, Leonard Green and John Kagel (eds), Ablex Publishing.

The article is mercifully only 31 pages (including references) and is
much more readable (at least for me) than the Killeen article.

Best regards,
cc