Avoidance and Escape Responses in a Free Operant Avoidance Procedure as a Function of Avoidance-Shock Intervals
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Masters Thesis-Open Access
Rats were trained on an unsignalled shock procedure, using a two lever apparatus. Responses on one lever postponed the onset of electric shock for a specified time period, the Avoidance-Shock interval. A response on the second lever terminated shock and delayed the onset of the next shock eight seconds, the Escape-Shock interval. Shock was continuous until the subject depressed the second lever. Changes in response rate on both levers were recorded as a function of manipulations of the duration of the Avoidance-Shock interval.
If responses on both bars are summed, data obtained are comparable with findings obtained from the manipulation of R-S intervals in a traditional free operant avoidance procedure. When response rates obtained from each lever are considered separately this similarity is less evident.
Krumhus, Kathleen M., "Avoidance and Escape Responses in a Free Operant Avoidance Procedure as a Function of Avoidance-Shock Intervals" (1971). Masters Theses. 2871.