Acquisition of instrumental conditioned reinforcement is resistant to the devaluation of the unconditioned stimulus.

@article{Parkinson2005AcquisitionOI,
  title={Acquisition of instrumental conditioned reinforcement is resistant to the devaluation of the unconditioned stimulus.},
  author={John A. Parkinson and Angela C. Roberts and Barry J. Everitt and Patricia Di Ciano},
  journal={The Quarterly journal of experimental psychology. B, Comparative and physiological psychology},
  year={2005},
  volume={58 1},
  pages={19-30}
}
The associative mechanisms responsible for the efficacy of Pavlovian stimuli during first- and second-order conditioning have been extensively studied, but little is known about the representations underlying instrumental conditioned reinforcement. The present study investigated the associative structure underlying conditioned reinforcement, by employing an unconditioned stimulus (US) devaluation procedure on a commonly used instrumental task: the acquisition of a new response with conditioned… CONTINUE READING