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The effects of habituation training on compound conditioning are not reversed by an associative activation treatment

Dwyer, Dominic M. and Honey, Robert Colin 2007. The effects of habituation training on compound conditioning are not reversed by an associative activation treatment. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes 33 (2) , pp. 185-190. 10.1037/0097-7403.33.2.185

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Abstract

Rats received habituation to either 2 compound flavors (AX and BY; the activation group) or a compound and an element alone (AX and Y; the habituation group). They also received additional presentations of Y alone either after (Experiment 1) or intermixed (Experiment 2) with habituation. In the habituation group, A had undergone habituation whereas B had not; in the activation group, both A and B had undergone habituation, but presenting Y alone should result in associative activation of B and that, according to G. Hall (2003), should increase B's efficacy. A supplementary experiment demonstrated that the presentation of Y does activate a representation of B. In both experiments, an aversion was established to AB, and subsequently the habituation group showed a greater aversion to B than to A. However, in neither experiment was there any indication that the activation group showed a greater aversion to B than to A. These results are inconsistent with the suggestion that the associative activation of a stimulus representation in the absence of the stimulus reverses the effects of habituation training.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QL Zoology
Uncontrolled Keywords: habituation; association; salience modification; perceptual learning
Publisher: American Psychological Association
ISSN: 0097-7403
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:55
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/13864

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