Ontogeny of Acquisition And Retention of Two-Way Active Avoidance in the Rat: Effects of Early Septal Damage
It has been reported that young rats can perform similarly to adults in an active avoidance task (Kirby, 1963; Campbell, 1967; Denenberg and Kline, 1958; Feigley and Spear, 1970; Riccio et al., 1968). However, other authors have reported that active avoidance performances appear to improve as a function of age. Egger and Livesey (1972) found that 24 day-old rats required more training to learn the active avoidance task than did 100 day-old rats, and Izquierdo et al. (1975) observed that 20–21 day-old rats made fewer conditioned avoidance responses than did 55–70 day-old adult rats in an acquisition session and showed no retention of these responses.
KeywordsConditioned Stimulus Active Avoidance Avoidance Learning Septal Lesion Behavioral Arousal
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