Title

Does Shock Modifiability Contribute to Preference for Signaled Shock?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1980

Publication Source

Animal Learning and Behavior

Volume

8

Issue

1

Inclusive pages

110-115

DOI

10.3758/BF03209737

Abstract

The central question asked was whether differential shock modification occurs (posturally induced differences in shock contact time) under signaled and unsignaled conditions using scrambled shock. Shock modifiability was tested with two different shock sources, intensities, and scrambling units by measuring the duration of time subjects were in contact with shock. Subjects were then given a choice between the signaled and unsignaled conditions. Results showed that differential modification of shock contact time did not occur between signaled and unsignaled conditions with any shock source, intensity, or scrambler unit. In addition, subjects preferred the signaled condition. It was concluded that experiments using scrambled shock are not confounded by posturally induced differences in shock contact time.

Disciplines

Psychology

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