Is a stimulus associated with the escape from shock a positive or negative reinforcer?: Study II

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Douglas Wahlsten, Visiting Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Evidence collected in an earlier study indicated a neutral box was preferred to a box associated with escape from shock. The present study repeated this finding using a free access preference test before and after escape training, In general, the neutral box was preferred to the safe box, animals which showed an apparent preference for the safe box following training actually never exceeded initial preferences. The need for determining initial preferences in the study of secondary reinforcement was emphasized.

Additional Information

Publication
Psychonomic Science, 1967, 8, 285-285.
Language: English
Date: 1967
Keywords
Avoidance learning, Rats, Reinforcement, Lever