Journal of comparative physiology

, Volume 144, Issue 1, pp 1–8

An analysis of associative learning in a terrestrial mollusc

I. Higher-order conditioning, blocking and a transient US pre-exposure effect

Authors

  • Christie Sahley
    • Department of BiologyPrinceton University
  • Jerry W. Rudy
    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of Colorado
  • Alan Gelperin
    • Department of BiologyPrinceton University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00612791

Cite this article as:
Sahley, C., Rudy, J.W. & Gelperin, A. J. Comp. Physiol. (1981) 144: 1. doi:10.1007/BF00612791

Summary

We have recently demonstrated that associative learning can play an important role in the regulation of food selection behavior ofLimax maximus, a terrestrial mollusc. The tendency ofLimax to approach a normally attractive odor generated by a food source such as carrot or potato can be markedly reduced if exposure to that odor is paired with exposure to a bitter taste (quinidine sulfate). We now report that variables known to influence associative learning by vertebrates (the operations of a second-order conditioning procedure, blocking and US-pre-exposure) similarly influence associative learning byLimax.

Abbreviations

CS

conditioned stimulus

US

unconditioned stimulus

S

stimulus

SOC

second-order conditioning

PU

paired-unpaired

UP

unpaired-paired

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© Springer-Verlag 1981