Perplexing PI Lever Pressing

The CSR directives assure us that the priority scores for our grants will be available on eRA Commons within 3 working days of the conclusion of the study section meeting. Of course, we have generally been waiting 4-5 months after initial submission for the study section to be held for a given grant.
Why do we do this?

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[h/t: PhysioProf]

6 responses so far

  • TreeFish says:

    Clearly, we are anticipating a positive reinforcer! Note our scalloping, like a pigeon pecking a key-light, or a rat pressing a lever.
    I surmise that, this scallop effect is a function of %ile ranking...and then it returns back to its pre-extinction levels after the JIT e-mail comes. And then extinguishes again when the PI reads that JITs are sent to everyone below the 30th %ile.
    I would also surmise that the frequency of study section roster searching shows a bimodal distribution, with the two peaks coming 1 month before study section; and the other being 3 days after!

  • Scicurious says:

    So is there any chance that, if the priority scores don't go up for long enough, you'll enter extinction responding?

  • DrugMonkey says:

    So is there any chance that, if the priority scores don't go up for long enough, you'll enter extinction responding?
    It would have to be a very long time...

  • pinus says:

    I think if that happened, you would see an large extinction burst 1st.

  • qaz says:

    I think if that happened, you would see an large extinction burst 1st.

    You mean like 20,000 challenge grants being submitted for $200M?

  • DrugMonkey says:

    That is more like cued reinstatement of extinguished behavior...

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