Psychologische Forschung

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 213–217 | Cite as

Infantile handling and sex as determinants of the negative reinforcing effects of gentling



BD IX rats were trained to avoid a black and white compartment which was associated with gentling. The rats were given 12 acquisition sessions in which they were stroked if they remained in the critical compartment at the end of the fifteen 20-sec intervals during the 5-min test period. The results indicated that the negative reinforcing effects of gentling were a function of the early handling history and sex of the rat.


Test Period Acquisition Session White Compartment Early Handling Infantile Handling 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Wong
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouver 8Canada

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