Transfer after serial feature positive discrimination training

Peter C. Holland

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Three experiments with rat subjects examined the transfer of stimulus control in Pavlovian appetitive serial feature-positive discriminations of the form X→A +, A -. In those discriminations, X acquired the ability to modulate or set the occasion for conditioned responses (CRs) that were evoked by A, such that A evoked CRs only when it was preceded by X. The occasion-setting power of X was specific to A: X did not modulate CRs evoked by other excitatory conditioned stimuli (CSs) that had been trained in various manners with the same unconditioned stimulus as was used in the X→A+, A- discrimination. These data are consistent with earlier claims that, in this conditioning preparation, serial feature-positive discrimination training endows X with the ability to signal the occurrence of an upcoming relation between a specific CS and the US.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-268
Number of pages26
JournalLearning and Motivation
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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