Psychonomic Science

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 41–43 | Cite as

Some relevant variables in observational learning of the rat

  • Richard W. Groesbeck
  • Pryse H. Duerfeldt
Animal Behavior Conditioning


Several aspects of observational experience were examined to determine their relative contribution to observational learning of rats. Six groups of 10 Ss viewed demonstrator rats perform different aspects of a visual discrimination task for water reinforcement on an elevated Y maze. Ss were then tested for trials and errors to reach criterion on the same task. Modeling aspects of the demonstrator’s performance were most important, while vicarious reinforcement had little effect. Informational and following aspects also had impact.


Food Deprivation Water Bottle Observational Learning Aggressive Response Visual Discrimination Task 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard W. Groesbeck
    • 1
  • Pryse H. Duerfeldt
    • 2
  1. 1.Gonzaga UniversitySpokaneUSA
  2. 2.University of PortlandPortlandUSA

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