Effects of flooding an irrelevant response on the extinction of avoidance responses

Susan Mineka*

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Abstract

Conducted 3 experiments with 90 male albino Fischer rats. Exp I shows that flooding a jump-up avoidance response can hasten the extinction of a shuttlebox avoidance response learned to a very different conditioned stimulus (CS). Exp II demonstrates that an irrelevant fear extinction experience can also hasten the extinction of a shuttlebox avoidance response. This supports the hypothesis that Pavlovian generalization of extinction of conditioned fear across CS modalities mediates the irrelevant flooding effect. Exp III shows that flooding a shuttlebox avoidance response does not hasten the extinction of a jump-up avoidance response learned to a different CS. Possible reasons for the asymmetry of the irrelevant flooding effect are discussed. (19 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-153
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1976

Keywords

  • flooding irrelevant response, extinction of avoidance responses, rats

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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