One of the concepts most central to Clark L. Hull's systematic theory of behavior is the concept of habit strength, a logical construct which represents the strength of learning in an organism. Habit strength has the status of an intervening variable, and by that, it is meant that it is an hypothetical state of an organism, which is functionally related to antecedent, observable and manipulable events, on the one side, and to certain response manifestations, such as latency, frequency, and resistance to extinction, on the other. It is the task of the experimentalist in the field of learning theory to isolate those variable of which this hypothetical learning state is a function, and even more, to state such functions in precise mathematical terms. Often such endeavors leave in their wake minor theoretical issues which are in the need of clarification. It is with such a minor problem that the present experiment is concerned.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Eninger, Max Ulric
"The Role of an Irrelevant Drive Stimulus in the Acquisition of Habit Strength,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 55(1), 315-318.
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