Patents by Inventor Gilbert S. Macvaugh

Gilbert S. Macvaugh has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 3998209
    Abstract: Principle: Two long-standing, professionally accepted, experimental psychological teaching-learning procedures are applied in this invention, wherein Pavlovian (respondent) conditioning overlaps with Skinnerian (operant) conditioning. The snore deconditioning system described herein provides for the following phases: (1) there are applied to a snoring sleeper four mild and harmless negative reinforcers (visual, auditory, tactile, pain), each selectively, which are incompatible with the socially annoying snore behavior, in order to elicit the awakening response; (2) the person is required, after awakening, to change his head, arm and hand position and (3) the person is required to depress and to hold depressed for 15 seconds a switch in order to terminate the four negative reinforcers and which switch also simultaneously applies two positive reinforcers (gustatory and auditory) as rewards for exhibiting the behaviors (1), (2) and (3) above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1975
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1976
    Inventor: Gilbert S. Macvaugh