The sensory basis of avoidance responding in the rat. Relative dominance of auditory or visual warning signals and safety signals

W. J. Jacobs, Vincent M. LoLordo

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Abstract

Three experiments determined the relative degree of stimulus control exerted by the elements of a compound auditory-visual stimulus when this stimulus was presented in various temporal relationships to a barpress avoidance response. When the compound discriminative stimulus for barpress avoidance responding consisted of onset of white noise and onset of either light or darkness, the white noise always exerted dominant control. When the compound discriminative stimulus consisted of offset of white noise and onset of light, neither element controlled avoidance responding. On the other hand, when a barpress avoidance response produced a compound feedback stimulus consisting of onset of white noise and onset of either light or darkness, the visual element always exerted dominant control. When the compound feedback stimulus consisted of offset of white noise and onset of light, both elements exerted stimulus control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)448-466
Number of pages19
JournalLearning and Motivation
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1977
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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