Ontogeny of Acquisition And Retention of Two-Way Active Avoidance in the Rat: Effects of Early Septal Damage

  • Françoise Eclancher
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 28)


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.


Conditioned Stimulus Active Avoidance Avoidance Learning Septal Lesion Behavioral Arousal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Françoise Eclancher
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  1. 1.Laboratoire de NeurophysiologieCentre de Neurochimie du CNRSStrasbourg CédexFrance

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