Magnitude and timing of nictitating membrane movements during classical conditioning of the rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

E. James Kehoe*, Elliot A. Ludvig, Joanne E. Dudeney, James Neufeld, R. S. Sutton

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Abstract

A trial-by-trial, subject-by-subject analysis was conducted to determine whether generation of the conditioned response (CR) occurs on a continuous or all-or-none basis. Three groups of rabbits were trained on different partial reinforcement schedules with the conditioned stimulus presented alone on 10%, 30%, or 50%, respectively, of all trials. Plots of each rabbit's nictitating membrane movements revealed that their magnitude rose in a continuous fashion. Response growth during acquisition followed a sigmoidal curve, and the timing of CR-sized movements was largely stable throughout the experiment. The results are discussed with respect to alternative models of CR generation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-476
Number of pages6
JournalBehavioral Neuroscience
Volume122
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • conditioning
  • timing
  • rabbit
  • partial reinforcement

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