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Avoidance learning, behavior genetics, and aging: a critical review and comment on methodology.

Authors
  • Sprott, R L
  • Stavnes, K
Type
Published Article
Journal
Experimental aging research
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1975
Volume
1
Issue
1
Pages
145–168
Identifiers
PMID: 802855
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Animal models of human aging problems are potentially of enormous value to gerontological research. Models of behavioral problems have not often lived up to their promise. This review examines one such model system, avoidance learning in aging rodents. This model system has become increasingly popular among behavioral gerontologists, yet it has not provided the unambiguous answers to experimental questions which investigators expected. Our effort has been to determine why the system has failed, and to provide useful suggestions for future research. At the same time we have tried to provide a comprehensive review of the relevant literature and to assess the strengths and weaknesses of studies which have been conducted in the last two decades.

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