Sornetan, Switzerland, June 23, 2012

Experiment 2 concentrates on how different people experience different levels of shock in a training situation. Here a short excerpt:

Each training session was conducted for a maximum of 10 minutes. The collar was put on each subject's neck according to instruction from the PetSafe manual. Taking the results from the first experiment, the shock was set at a maximum of level 2, in as much as this was less than half of what all could tolerate when the collar was on their necks. While the collar was being fitted, each subject was given an emergency cut-off word to say, if they felt they could no longer participate. Others showed no outwardly reaction to pain/discomfort, nor did they show any end-point of their own tolerance for this pain/discomfort until they suddenly said, that that was enough. The tester only spoke in a language unfamiliar to the subject – Turkish in this case. This meant, that the subject knew neither the commands nor the vocal confirmation: praise=positive Reinforcement=+R. Positive Punishment (+P) in the form of single shocks was used when unwanted or wrong behavior was exhibited and negative Reinforcement (-R) in the form of repeated shocks applied until the desired behavior was completed, was used to optimize certain behaviors for speed.

The main points posed:

  1. Based upon observations, how did the subjects react to the shock?

  2. Did they understand how and what they were being trained for?

  3. Did they show any overt signs of discomfort, emotional stress?

  4. Did they show any signs of accomplishment, satisfaction?

  5. Was there a difference in how shock was perceived and tolerated between simply trying out the shock (Experiment 1) and actually having it used beyond their own control in a training situation over a period of time?

  6. How did they, after the fact, explain how and what they were feeling during and after the training session? Did this correspond to what was seen in the video?

Experiment_2(a).pdf Video - Subjects: