Effects of task-irrelevant cues and reinforcement delay on choice-escape learning following inescapable shock: evidence for a deficit in selective attention.

@article{Minor1984EffectsOT,
  title={Effects of task-irrelevant cues and reinforcement delay on choice-escape learning following inescapable shock: evidence for a deficit in selective attention.},
  author={Thomas R. Minor and Ruth L. Jackson and Steven F. Maier},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes},
  year={1984},
  volume={10 4},
  pages={543-56}
}
Prior exposure to inescapable shock has been reported to interfere with choice-escape learning, but several investigators have failed to obtain this effect. A series of five experiments examined the conditions under which choice-escape learning in an automated Y-maze is impaired by pretreatment with inescapable shock. Inescapably shocked rats made more errors and responded more slowly than did controls only when shock termination was delayed and task-irrelevant cues were present during choice… CONTINUE READING