ERIC Number: ED160372
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Studies of the Stimulus Specificity, Response Specificity, Process Specificity, and Task Specificity of the Behavioral Bioassay Phenomenon. Final Report.
Braud, William G.
If biochemical substrates and mechanisms could be identified, progress might be made in the detection and remediation of certain learning and memory disabilities. "Memory transfer" or "behavioral bioassay" methodology is a new technique developed for this purpose. It uses the behavior recipient animals to detect whatever chemicals are synthesized in the brains of donor animals during learning. This document is a research report which attempts to delineate the limits to which the bioassay may profitably be extended by studying its behavioral specificity. In four experiments, it shows that the behavioral bioassay effect is stimulus specific, response specific, process specific, and task specific. Strong support is provided for the position that the information conveyed via brain extracts is quite specific and not generally facilitating or depressing, as certain critics have argued. Results indicate the appropriateness of the method for the study of important learning and memory phenomena. A bibliography is provided for reference. (Author/GA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Task Force on Field Initiated Studies.
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