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The Matching Law

Papers in Psychology and Economics

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$39.00 • £31.95 • €35.00

ISBN 9780674001770

Publication Date: 05/19/2000


352 pages

5-11/16 x 8-7/8 inches

57 line illustrations, 11 tables

Russell Sage Foundation Books at Harvard University Press


  • Preface
  • Editors’ Note
  • Introduction
  • Part I. The Matching Law: Against Reflexology
    • 1. Relative and Absolute Strength of Response as a Function of Frequency of Reinforcement
    • 2. Toward a Law of Response Strength
    • 3. Derivatives of Matching
    • 4. Melioration as Behavioral Dynamism
  • Part II. Self-Control
    • 5. Choice and Delay of Reinforcement
    • 6. Self-Control as Response Strength
    • 7. On the Functions Relating Delay, Reinforcer Value, and Behavior
    • 8. Lost and Found: One Self
    • 9. A Theory of Addiction
  • Part III. Against Optimization
    • 10. Stability, Melioration, and Natural Selection
    • 11. Rational Choice Theory: Necessary but Not Sufficient
    • 12. Behavior, Reinforcement, and Utility
    • 13. Experiments on Stable Suboptimality in Individual Behavior
    • 14. Melioration: A Theory of Distributed Choice
    • 15. Preferences or Principles: Alternative Guidelines for Choice
  • References
  • Index

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