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ERIC Number: EJ863019
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0023-9690
The Effect of Swimming Experience on Acquisition and Retention of Swimming-Based Taste Aversion Learning in Rats
Masaki, Takahisa; Nakajima, Sadahiko
Learning and Motivation, v41 n1 p32-47 Feb 2010
Swimming endows rats with an aversion to a taste solution consumed before swimming. The present study explored whether the experience of swimming before or after the taste-swimming trials interferes with swimming-based taste aversion learning. Experiment 1 demonstrated that a single preexposure to 20 min of swimming was as effective as four or eight preexposures in causing the interference effect. Experiment 2 found that a single 5-min preexposure was enough to cause the interference effect. Experiment 3 showed that preexposure to swimming interfered with but did not completely thwart the acquisition of swimming-based taste aversion learning. Experiment 4 failed to demonstrate a reliable retroactive interference effect by swimming postexposures. With a modified procedure, however, Experiment 5 successfully demonstrated a reliable effect by four postexposures. The associative and habituation accounts of these results are discussed. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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