The effects of meprobamate, barbiturates, d-amphetamine and promazine on experimentally induced conflict in the rat
Conflict behavior was induced in rats by simultaneously rewarding with liquid food and punishing with pain shock every lever response made in the presence of a tone. Meprobamate, phenobarbital and pentobarbital increased the number of shocks a rat would accept in order to obtain the food reward; in contrast, promazine and d-amphetamine decreased the number of shocks taken. The technique thus permits a separation on a behavioral basis of meprobamate, pentobarbital and phenobarbital from promazine and d-amphetamine.
KeywordsPentobarbital Phenobarbital Barbiturate Food Reward Liquid Food
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