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Negative priming in associative learning: evidence from a serial-conditioning procedure

Honey, R. C. ORCID:, Hall, Geoffrey and Bonardi, Charlotte 1993. Negative priming in associative learning: evidence from a serial-conditioning procedure. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition 19 (1) , pp. 90-97. 10.1037/0097-7403.19.1.90

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Three experiments investigated the suggestion that a predicted or primed stimulus commands less processing and consequently elicits a weaker CR than a stimulus that is not primed. In each experiment rats received initial training in which the presentation of each of 2 serial compounds, A-X and B-Y, was followed by the delivery of food. Subsequently, X's capacity to elicit the CR, approaching the site of food delivery, was assessed when X was preceded by Stimulus A (i.e., primed) or was presented after Stimulus B. Stimulus X elicited a more vigorous response when it was presented after B than when it followed A. These results show that the ability of one event to elicit its CR is reduced if its presentation has been predicted by some other event. This negative priming effect supports one aspect of A. R. Wagner's (1981) model of Pavlovian conditioning. (APA PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: American Psychological Association
ISSN: 2329-8456
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 09:11

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