Protection from extinction provided by a conditioned inhibitor

McConnell, Bridget L., and Miller, Ralph R. (2010) Protection from extinction provided by a conditioned inhibitor. Learning and Behavior, 38 (1). pp. 68-79.

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Three conditioned suppression experiments with rats as subjects investigated the influence of higher order associations in determining the response potential of a target stimulus. In these experiments, a Pavlovian conditioned inhibitor was compounded with the target cue during extinction treatment. In Experiment 1, strong suppression was observed to the target cue that was given extinction treatment in the presence of a conditioned inhibitor, relative to a target that was extinguished with an associatively neutral cue or was extinguished alone, suggestive of enhanced protection from extinction provided by a conditioned inhibitor. This effect was replicated in a sensory preconditioning preparation in Experiment 2; in Experiment 3, in a sensory preconditioning preparation, this protection effect was retroactively attenuated when the conditioned excitor used to train the conditioned inhibitor was extinguished following extinction of the target. This provides evidence that, at least in a sensory preconditioning preparation, stimuli that are only indirectly associated with the target cue can contribute to the response potential of that target.

Item ID: 44871
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1543-4508
Keywords: extinction, conditioned inhibition, Pavlovian conditioning
Funders: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Projects and Grants: NIMH 33881
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2016 01:49
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1799 Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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