Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Short Communication

Implications of behavioral momentum for understanding the behavioral pharmacology of abused drugs


Stephen T. Higgins a1 and Stacey C. Sigmon a2
a1 Department of Psychiatry and Department of Psychology, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05401 stephen.higgins@uvm.edu
a2 Department of Psychology, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05401

Abstract

We briefly discuss some potential contributions of behavioral momentum research to the study of the behavioral effects of abused drugs. Contributions to the study of the direct effects of drugs on operant responding and to the study of drugs as reinforcers are addressed. Too little empirical evidence is available to thoroughly evaluate the relevance of behavioral momentum concepts to the study of drugs and behavior, but we note several reasons for optimism regarding its potential to make positive contributions.



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