Immediate extinction causes a less durable loss of performance than delayed extinction following either fear or appetitive conditioning.

@article{Woods2008ImmediateEC,
  title={Immediate extinction causes a less durable loss of performance than delayed extinction following either fear or appetitive conditioning.},
  author={Amanda M. Woods and Mark E. Bouton},
  journal={Learning & memory},
  year={2008},
  volume={15 12},
  pages={909-20}
}
Five experiments with rat subjects compared the effects of immediate and delayed extinction on the durability of extinction learning. Three experiments examined extinction of fear conditioning (using the conditioned emotional response method), and two experiments examined extinction of appetitive conditioning (using the food-cup entry method). In all experiments, conditioning and extinction were accomplished in single sessions, and retention testing took place 24 h after extinction. In both… CONTINUE READING
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