ERIC Number: EJ761533
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
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Second-Order Conditioning during a Compound Extinction Treatment
Pineno, Oskar; Zilski, Jessica M.; Schachtman, Todd R.
Learning and Motivation, v38 n2 p172-192 May 2007
Two conditioned taste aversion experiments with rats were conducted to establish if a target taste that had received a prior pairing with illness could be subject to second-order conditioning during extinction treatment in compound with a flavor that also received prior conditioning. In these experiments, the occurrence of second-order conditioning was indicated by protection from extinction of the aversion elicited by the target taste. This possibility, although intuitive, deserves attention because current associative models [e.g., Rescorla, R. A., & Wagner, A. R. (1972). "A theory of Pavlovian conditioning: variations in the effectiveness of reinforcement and nonreinforcement." In A. H. Black & W. F. Prokasy (Eds.), "Classical conditioning II: Current research and theory" (pp. 64-99). New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.] predict exactly the opposite outcome, namely, that compound extinction of two CSs should result in enhanced extinction.
Descriptors: Classical Conditioning, Associative Learning, Animals, Animal Behavior, Stimuli, Inhibition, Experimental Psychology, Behavior Modification
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