ERIC Number: EJ910257
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Long-Term Maintenance of Immediate or Delayed Extinction Is Determined by the Extinction-Test Interval
Johnson, Justin S.; Escobar, Martha; Kimble, Whitney L.
Learning & Memory, v17 n12 p639-644 Dec 2010
Short acquisition-extinction intervals (immediate extinction) can lead to either more or less spontaneous recovery than long acquisition-extinction intervals (delayed extinction). Using rat subjects, we observed less spontaneous recovery following immediate than delayed extinction (Experiment 1). However, this was the case only if a relatively long extinction-test interval was used; a relatively short extinction-test interval yielded the opposite result (Experiment 2). Previous data appear consistent with this observation suggesting that, although delayed extinction appears more beneficial in the short term, immediate extinction may have more favorable long-term effects. These observations may have important implications for attenuation of relapse in clinical situations.
Descriptors: Intervals, Learning Processes, Animals, Tests, Recidivism, Behavior Change, Maintenance
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