Milton D. Suboski

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Alarm reactions, innately organized antipredator defensive behavior, are precipitated in zebra danio fish (Brachydanio rerio) by a pheromone, alarm substance, passively exuded from injured skin of conspecific fish. Control over inducement of alarm reactions from fish can be transferred to other stimuli that do not initially provoke alarm. This was first(More)
The releaser-induced recognition learning model (Suboski, 1990) is briefly introduced and examined in the context of a review of the extensive literature on learning by gastropod molluscs. Substantial involvement of learning processes were found to occur in the acquisition of food and environmental hazard recognition. These findings are consistent with a(More)
In fish, behavior commonly designated as Pavlovian and/or instrumental conditioning, imprinting, and social learning often appears to reflect a phylogenetically adapted operation of a single underlying learning mechanism, a version of stimulus substitution. In this mechanism, a releasing stimulus comes to share control over the release of behavior with a(More)
A "pecking" arrow releases and directs pecking by neonatal chicks. Distinctive stimuli placed on or near the tip of the moving arrow lead to pecking that is selectively directed to matching stimuli. A total of 3 min of exposure to such modeling conditions results in remarkable persistence of imitative behavior. Matching stimuli are preferentially pecked 3(More)