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Observational learning of instrumental discriminations in the rat: the role of demonstrator type

Saggerson, Anna Louise and Honey, Robert Colin 2006. Observational learning of instrumental discriminations in the rat: the role of demonstrator type. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 59 (11) , pp. 1909-1920. 10.1080/17470210600705032

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Abstract

In two experiments, observer rats saw a pretrained demonstrator rat of either the same or a different strain engaging in a discrimination task in which the presentation of a discriminative stimulus indicated whether performing a particular response (pulling a chain) would be reinforced. In both experiments an effect of demonstrator familiarity was found: Observers of a demonstrator from a different strain behaved in a manner that was consistent with the demonstrator whereas observers of a demonstrator from the same strain did not. These results suggest that an effect akin to latent inhibition operates in the social domain: Familiarity with the demonstrator retards the readiness with which observational learning proceeds.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1747-0218
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 14:29
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/33040

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