Alternation as Function of Preliminary Training and Type of Deprivation

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Science  05 May 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3462, pp. 1422-1423
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3462.1422


Laboratory rats trained upon a table top with randomly positioned reinforcement containers showed significantly a greater tendency to alternate in a Y-maze than animals trained on a straight runway. The type of deprivation, either food or water, did not have an effect. The differences in alternation disappeared with repeated trials on the Y-maze.