Title

Preference for Signaled Over Unsignaled Shock Schedules: Ruling Out Asymmetry and Response Fixation as Factors

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1984

Publication Source

Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Volume

41

Issue

1

Inclusive pages

45-52

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1901/jeab.1984.41-45

Abstract

In Exp I, 6 naive female Sprague-Dawley rats were used to test whether a symmetrical choice procedure yields results different from those previously reported by P. Badia and S. Culbertson (see record 1972-31011-001) who used the unidirectional standard changeover procedure. Ss could change at any time from unsignaled to signaled shock by pressing a lever and from signaled to unsignaled shock by pressing a 2nd lever. Results were identical to those of the standard procedure and show the adequacy of that procedure. In Exp II, 4 naive female Sprague-Dawley rats were used to test whether choice of high-density signaled shock over low-density unsignaled shock, such as that used by P. Badia et al (see record 1974-02665-001), resulted from initial training with equal-density schedules. Results show that 3 of 4 Ss strongly preferred the signaled shock. It is suggested that these results rule out carry-overand response fixation as alternative explanations

Keywords

preference for signaled vs unsignaled shock schedules in symmetrical choice procedure, female rats, comparison with P. Badia & S. Culbertson's study

Disciplines

Psychology

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