Contributions of the Genes Albinism (<i>c</i>) and Retinal Degeneration (<i>rd</i>) to a Strain-by-Training Procedure Interaction in Avoidance Learning

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Douglas Wahlsten, Visiting Professor (Creator)
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Abstract: The effects of c and rd on jump-out and one-way avoidance learning were examined using both inbred strains and test crosses. Neither gene was found to retard either escape or avoidance performance in the jump-out task, although rd led to less accurate jumping. One-way performance, which required running through a small hole in a wall, was greatly disrupted in mice homozygous for rd; both escape latencies and learning rate were slower than those of mice with normal retinas. Two inbred strains with albinism did poorly on the one-way task, but no deleterious effects of c on one-way performance were detected in several test crosses. The absence of an albinism effect was not surprising, since all training was given under dim red light.

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Behavior Genetics, 1973, 3, 303-316.
Language: English
Date: 1973
Learning, Conditioning, Genetic aspects, Albino, Escape, Avoidance

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