The effect of stimulus distribution form on the acquisition and rate of conditioned responding: implications for theory.

@article{Jennings2013TheEO,
  title={The effect of stimulus distribution form on the acquisition and rate of conditioned responding: implications for theory.},
  author={D{\'o}mhnall J Jennings and Eduardo Alonso and Esther Mondrag{\'o}n and Mathijs Franssen and Charlotte M. T. Bonardi},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes},
  year={2013},
  volume={39 3},
  pages={233-48}
}
In four experiments rats were conditioned to an auditory conditioned stimulus (conditioned stimulus; CS) that was paired with food, and learning about the CS was compared across two conditions in which the mean duration of the CS was equated. In one, the CS was of a single, fixed duration on every trial, and in the other the CS duration was drawn from an exponential distribution, and hence changed from trial to trial. Higher rates of conditioned responding to the fixed than to the variable… CONTINUE READING
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