Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Adaptiveness, law-of-effect theory, and control-system theory

S. R. Coleman a1
a1 Department of Psychology, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH 44115


It is suggested that the control-system theory of Domjan et al. restates in engineering vocabulary the primary thesis of law-of-effect theories: namely, that classical-conditioning arrangements may involve CR-contingent reinforcement. The research cited by Domjan et al. is relevant to the idea that classical conditioning is an adaptive process, but is irrelevant to their control-system theory.