Auto-shaping of the pigeon's key-peck

J Exp Anal Behav. 1968 Jan;11(1):1-8. doi: 10.1901/jeab.1968.11-1.


Reliable acquisition of the pigeon's key-peck response resulted from repeated unconditional (response-independent) presentations of food after the response key was illuminated momentarily. Comparison groups showed that acquisition was dependent upon light-food pairings, in that order.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Columbidae
  • Conditioning, Psychological*
  • Food
  • Light
  • Male
  • Reinforcement Schedule
  • Reinforcement, Psychology*