Specificity of Discrimination Learning to the Original Context

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Science  28 Apr 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3461, pp. 1355-1356
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3461.1355


Rats learned a black-white discrimination at one location in a maze. Subsequently, most rats required over half as many trials to learn the same discrimination when it was placed in another location in the maze. Additional evidence was consistent with the assumption that the relevant cues are, in effect, modified by interaction with the contextual stimuli.