Perspectives on Behavior Science

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 267–281 | Cite as

A Neuro-Operant Analysis of Mnemonic Recognition

  • Daniele OrtuEmail author
  • Traci M. Cihon


Historically, the fields of operant selection and recognition memory have not interacted substantially with one another. However, both deal with how behavioral repertoires change over time as a function of environmental stimulation. In this article, we propose neuro-operant interpretations of behavioral phenomena occurring in recognition memory procedures based on (a) the ability to discriminate changes in the strength of responses caused by environmental stimulation and (b) the occasioning of supplementary responses by current stimulation. A neuro-operant interpretation of mnemonic behavior may further the understanding of the phenomena in place and simplify the current taxonomy of learning and memory.


Hippocampus Mnemonic behavior Operant selection Perirhinal cortex Priming Repertoire 



Daniele Ortu is funded by the Beatrice H. Barrett Research Endowment.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Neurobehavioral Laboratory, Department of Behavior AnalysisUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA

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