Freud meets Skinner: Hyperbolic curves, elliptical theories, and Ainslie Interests

Federico Sanabria, Peter R. Killeen

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Ainslie advances Freud's and Skinner's theories of homunculi by basing their emergent complexity on the interaction of simple algorithms. The rules of competition and cooperation of these interests are underspecified, but they provide a new way of thinking about the basic elements of conditioning, particularly conditioned stimuli (CSs).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)660-661
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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