An analysis of leg position learning in the cockroach yoked control

John F. Disterhoft*, Rita Haggerty, W. C. Corning

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It has been observed that cockroaches serving as yoked controls to animals learning a leg flexion, take longer to acquire the leg flexion in a subsequent training session. The hypothesis that the longer acquisition is caused by random associations between the leg position and the shock during the yoked treatment has been confirmed. A group receiving shock with the leg extended performed best on retest; a group that received shock with leg flexion was worse than the leg extended group but better than a third group that had random associations between leg position and shock.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-362
Number of pages4
JournalPhysiology and Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1971


  • Cockroach learning
  • Response competition
  • Yoked control learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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