Effects of the presence of another animal during acquisition and extinction upon the strength of a fear response

Maurice Korman, Janice Loeb

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Abstract

Rats were trained to escape shock by running from the white to the black half of a 2 compartment box. The white compartment was divided by a screen, to form an enclosure for a stimulus animal. 50% of the Ss ran the acquisition trials with another animal present (Aw), while the others ran alone (Aa). These groups were further subdivided into extinction-with-animal (Ew) and extinction-alone groups (Ea). The Aw-Ea group appeared to show more rapid extinction than the other groups. Relevance of these data to concepts of counter-conditioning and novelty is discussed. From Psyc Abstracts 36:02:2EK58K. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-161
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology
Volume54
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1961

Keywords

  • CONDITIONING/AVOIDANCE, &
  • EXTINCTION OF SHOCK AVOIDANCE, RAT, EO
  • EXTINCTION, RAT PRESENT, EO
  • FEAR, SOCIAL INFLUENCE ON SHOCK-AVOIDANCE LEARNING, RAT, EO
  • LEARNING
  • SOCIAL FACTOR, ACQUISITION &

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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