Changes in Intensity of Punishment: Effect on Running Behavior of Rats

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Science  07 Jun 1963:
Vol. 140, Issue 3571, pp. 1084-1085
DOI: 10.1126/science.140.3571.1084


Changing the strength of punishment produced only minor changes in rats' speed of running to food and shock at the goal of an alley. The persistence of running behavior after increased or decreased shock intensity is attributed to a stereotyped withdrawal response conditioned at the goal during initial punishment training.