Ontogeny of passive avoidance: role of task demands and development of species-typical behaviors.

@article{Stehouwer1980OntogenyOP,
  title={Ontogeny of passive avoidance: role of task demands and development of species-typical behaviors.},
  author={Donald J Stehouwer and Byron A. Campbell},
  journal={Developmental psychobiology},
  year={1980},
  volume={13 4},
  pages={385-98}
}
Preweaning rats 10 to 15 days of age were given passive avoidance training in a circular chamber in which the floor comprised one shock electrode and the wall the other. All ages showed acquisition of the response, but both rate of learning and asymptotic performance increased with age. Yoked-shock controls, adaption controls, and naive controls did not demonstrate passive avoidance on subsequent test trials, ruling out alternative interpretations based on sensitization to shock, fatique… CONTINUE READING

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