Association of Conditionability with Degree of Reactivity in Psychiatric Patients

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Science  22 May 1959:
Vol. 129, Issue 3360, pp. 1423-1424
DOI: 10.1126/science.129.3360.1423


A positive relationship exists between the number of times a subject responds with a psychogalvanic response to an orienting or alerting stimulus (tone) and the rate of learning in classical conditioning. This is seen by a correlation (p=.65 and .643 when corrected for ties) between the number of orienting responses and the resistance to extinction of the conditioned psychogalvanic response.