Rapid acquisition of operant conditioning in 5-day-old rat pups: a new technique articulating suckling-related motor activity and milk reinforcement.

@article{Arias2007RapidAO,
  title={Rapid acquisition of operant conditioning in 5-day-old rat pups: a new technique articulating suckling-related motor activity and milk reinforcement.},
  author={Carlos E. Arias and Norman E. Spear and Juan Carlos Molina Molina and Agust{\'i}n Molina},
  journal={Developmental psychobiology},
  year={2007},
  volume={49 6},
  pages={576-88}
}
Newborn rats are capable of obtaining milk by attaching to a surrogate nipple. During this procedure pups show a gradual increase in head and forelimb movements oriented towards the artificial device that are similar to those observed during nipple attachment. In the present study the probability of execution of these behaviors was analyzed as a function of… CONTINUE READING