This research was supported in part by BRS grant No. RR-05755-02 to the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatry Institute, University of California, San Francisco.
Motivational Variables and the Sensitization and Habituation of Aggression in the Convict Cichlid (Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum)3
Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
1979 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie
Volume 51, Issue 4, pages 363–379, January-December 1979
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Peeke, H. V. S., Avis, H. H. and Peeke, S. C. (1979), Motivational Variables and the Sensitization and Habituation of Aggression in the Convict Cichlid (Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum). Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie, 51: 363–379. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.1979.tb00696.x
- Issue published online: 26 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
Four experiments using territorial Convict Cichlids investigated motivational factors involved in the incremental and decremental processes associated with aggression resulting from exposure to conspecifics intruded into the territory. The first three experiments varied some single aspect of the experimental situation (temperature, distance from the nest or size of the intruder). The fourth experiment combined those factors which resulted in faster habituation (small intruder, far from the nest, in cool water) and compared the response to factors which resulted in slower habituation or an increase in response rate (large intruder, close to the nest in warm water). While a combination of higher intensity stimuli did result in slower habituation than the combination of lower intensity stimuli, response rate was not a simple algebraic summation of the factors. Results are discussed in relation to multi-factor theory of habituation and the nature of “drive”.