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Resistance to interference in complex negative patterning

Authors
  • Williams, Douglas A.1
  • Gawel, Jennifer D.1
  • Reimer, Dallas S.1
  • Mehta, Rick2
  • 1 University of Winnipeg, Psychology Department, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2E9, Canada , Winnipeg
  • 2 Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada , Wolfville
Type
Published Article
Journal
Learning & Behavior
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2005
Volume
33
Issue
4
Pages
417–427
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3758/BF03193180
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Resistance to interference was examined in rats that received a complex negative patterning discrimination in which XA and XB were followed by food reinforcement and XAB was not. Retention of the discrimination was evident after separate reinforcement of both A and B (Experiment 3), but not after reinforcement of either AB (Experiments 1 and 3) or XAB (Experiments 2 and 3). These data suggest that complex negative patterning discriminations are acquired configurally and that the relative similarity of the original discrimination and subsequent interference trials dictates the final degree of retention observed.

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