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Supernormal conditioning

Pearce, John Martindale and Redhead, Edward S. 1995. Supernormal conditioning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes 21 (2) , pp. 155-165. 10.1037/0097-7403.21.2.155

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In Experiment 1, rats received an A +AX° discrimination in which food was presented after Stimulus A by itself but not after a simultaneous compound of A with Stimulus X. AX was then paired with food in a 2nd stage, followed by test trials with A alone. Responding on the test trials with A was more vigorous than during a control stimulus that had been consistently paired with food. The remaining experiments were of similar design to Experiment 1, except that the 2nd stage also contained conditioning trials with X. The results from the test trials were essentially the same as for Experiment 1. The high level of responding during the test trials with Stimulus A is regarded as evidence of supernormal conditioning. Overall, the results are more consistent with a configural than an elemental theory of conditioning.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: American Psychological Association
ISSN: 0097-7403
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:12

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