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generalized matching law

in behavioral studies, a formula in the form of a power function (y = axb ) that describes the choice between two alternatives in terms of the ratio (y) of rates of occurrence of (or time spent in) each alternative and the ratio (x) of the rates of reinforcement of the two alternatives. The exponent (b) of the function indexes sensitivity to reinforcement rates, and the coefficient (a) indexes inherent bias for one of the alternatives. When both a and b are equal to 1.0, the formula makes the same prediction as the matching law.

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May 30th 2024

imagery training

imagery training

a series of exercises to improve the clarity, vividness, and controllability of the images from the five senses, first individually, then in combination.