Shock-induced fighting as a function of the intensity and duration of the aversive stimulus
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Intensity and duration of an aversive stimulus were found to be determinants of the amount of pain-elicited aggression. The probability of fighting was a linear function of (a) the logarithm of the intensity of the shock and (b) the logarithm of the duration of the shock. An increase in the logarithm of the intensity produced approximately twice as great an increase in fighting as an equivalent increase in the duration of the shock.
KeywordsResponse Suppression Aversive Stimulus Shock Intensity Inescapable Shock Equivalent Increase
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