Psychonomic Science

, Volume 1, Issue 1–12, pp 47–48 | Cite as

Shock to a conspecific as an aversive stimulus

  • Stanley Wechkin
  • Jules H. Masserman
  • William TerrisJr.
Social behavior and Attitudes


This experiment confirms and extends an earlier finding that a hungry rhesus monkey (O) will avoid securing food if this subjects another monkey (SA) to electric shock. In the present series this “sacrificial” behavior was manifested in 6 of 10 animals independently of the relative position of the two animals in a dominance hierarchy. It was also found that while prior shock of the O resulted in inhibition of responding following the introduction of shock to the SA, this variable was not correlated with the final manifestation of a sacrificial pattern.


Dominance Hierarchy Aversive Stimulus Consecutive Session Blue Stimulus Mental Health Fund 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stanley Wechkin
    • 1
  • Jules H. Masserman
    • 1
  • William TerrisJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Northwestern University Medical SchoolUSA

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