Saturday, September 15, 2012

Instrumental conditioning: a modern example of the Skinner box

From all our old days of university study; classical and instrumental (operant) conditioning.

Bless my chickens.

I let them free range most nights. That means I must put chicke wire over most of my vegetables that I grow, because chickens love them.

Well in the two weeks I have been away, the chooks have come to learn that if they stand on the wire to push it down (see the rocket and lettuce at the rear) they get to eat beautiful fresh green salad every night.

They were not so interested in the leeks at the front.

Trial and error. Operant conditioning. A living Skinner experiment.

Still, I do get paid in fresh eggs.

Today's prize:

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