Avoidance conditioning in the absence of relevant proprioceptive and exteroceptive feed back

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  • Avoidance conditioning is widely felt to be contingent on termination of some secondary negative stimulus which presumably can be either exteroceptive, proprioceptive, or interoceptive. In this experiment with 6 rhesus monkeys as Ss 2 of these sources of sensory return were eliminated: (a) proprioception by deafferentation of the responding limb and (b) exteroception by obstructing vision and through the use of a trace conditioning procedure in which CS, a click, could not be terminated by CR, right forelimb flexion. Conditioning took place prior to deafferentation. After operation all Ss displayed an initial deficit but were reconditioned back to criterion. Results seem to question the validity of certain stimulus termination theories of avoidance conditioning. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved). © 1963 American Psychological Association.
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  • Taub E; Berman AJ
  • Start Page

  • 1012
  • End Page

  • 1016
  • Volume

  • 56
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  • 6