Method for Discriminative Avoidance Training

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Science  04 Sep 1964:
Vol. 145, Issue 3636, pp. 1070-1071
DOI: 10.1126/science.145.3636.1070


Experiments were performed in which the typical procedure for obtaining discriminated avoidance behavior with rats in a lever-pressing apparatus was compared with a new procedure which allowed only avoidance but not escape from the shock. When either escape or avoidance is possible, the rats make a majority of escape responses, but where escape is impossible avoidance behavior is rapidly established.