Investigated the effect of learning to resist punishment in 1 situation upon subsequent responsiveness to aversive stimuli in a new situation. A 2 * 2 factorial design was used with 40 albino rats trained to withstand either electric shock punishment or no punishment to obtain food in a runway. Shock or air blast was subsequently administered without warning in the Ss' home cages while the animals were eating. Ss trained to resist shock in the runway recovered significantly faster from the effects of shock and air blast in the home-cage testing situation than animals not trained to resist shock in the runway. Results indicate that learned resistance to punishment generalizes to new aversive stimuli in novel testing situations. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology|
|Issue number||2 PART 1|
|State||Published - Feb 1 1969|
- punishment/learned resistance to shock, generalization to new situation, rat
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