The work reported here was carried out while the author was at the Department of Psychology, University of Bristol.
DISCRIMINATION OF AVOIDABLE AND UNAVOIDABLE SHOCK
Article first published online: 13 APR 2011
1965 The British Psychological Society
British Journal of Psychology
Volume 56, Issue 2-3, pages 275–283, August 1965
How to Cite
BROWN, R. (1965), DISCRIMINATION OF AVOIDABLE AND UNAVOIDABLE SHOCK. British Journal of Psychology, 56: 275–283. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.1965.tb00965.x
- Issue published online: 13 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 13 APR 2011
- Manuscript received 13 May 1964
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Rats were given standard avoidance training in a two-compartment shuttle-box. Thereafter shock was only signalled if the subject was in one of the distinctively coloured compartments at the start of a given trial, while non-signalled shock was presented in the other compartment. Subjects showed a significant preference for this compartment on several measures. Half of the subjects received a relatively higher shock intensity during this latter part of the experiment, and this had the effect of improving avoidance performance and increasing the subjects' preference for the signalled shock situation. These findings are discussed in terms of the relative conditioned aversiveness of various stimuli present in the situation.