Acquisition and transfer of feature-negative discriminations

Jennifer Lamarre, Peter C. Holland

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This experiment examined the acquisition and transfer of inhibitory stimulus control in serial feature-negative (A+, X→A−) discriminations in a conditioned suppression situation. A variety of visual and auditory stimuli were used as A and X in separate groups of rat subjects. The choice of the stimuli used as X and A substantially affected the rate of acquisition of those discriminations. But in no case did X inhibit conditioned responding to another excitor that was separately paired with the unconditioned stimulus. These results replicated, over a wide range of acquisition rates and performance levels, Holland and Lamarre’s (Learning and Motivation, 1984) observation that the inhibitory stimulus control established to the feature in serial feature-negative discrimination procedures was highly specific to the excitor with which it had been trained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-74
Number of pages4
JournalBulletin of the Psychonomic Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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