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Acquired relational equivalence: Implications for the nature of associative structures

Honey, Robert Colin and Watt, Andrew 1998. Acquired relational equivalence: Implications for the nature of associative structures. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes 24 (3) , pp. 325-334. 10.1037/0097-7403.24.3.325

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Abstract

In 2 experiments, rats received discrimination training in which separate presentations of A and B signaled a common pair of relationships or associations (X-->food and Y-->no food), whereas presentations of C and D signaled a different pair of relationships (X-->no food and Y->food). To assess the nature of the associative structures acquired during this training, rats then received 2 types of reevaluation procedure: In Experiment 1, A was paired with shock and C was not. In Experiment 2, the relationships that A and B had previously signaled (X-->food and Y-->no food) were paired with shock, whereas those that C and D had signaled (Y-->food and X-->no food) were not. After both types of reevaluation treatment, rats showed greater generalized conditioned suppression in the presence of B than D. These results indicate that A, B, C, and D come to evoke memories of the relationship or associations that they have signaled.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: American Psychological Association
ISSN: 0097-7403
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:15
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/35341

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