Instinctive Drift

Instinctive drift or instinctual drift is the tendency of an organism to revert to instinctive behaviors that can interfere with the conditioned response. The concept originated with B. F. Skinner's former students Keller and Marian Breland when they tried to teach a raccoon to put money into a piggy bank. Instead the raccoon instinctively drifted to its instinctive behavior of putting money on ground or turning it over in its paws, as they would do with food.


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