Differential-Approach Tendencies Produced by Injection of RNA from Trained Rats

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Science  29 Oct 1965:
Vol. 150, Issue 3696, pp. 636-637
DOI: 10.1126/science.150.3696.636


Two groups of rats were trained in a Skinner box to approach the food cup when a discriminative stimulus (click or blinking light) was presented. Ribonucleic acid was extracted from the brains of these two groups of rats and injected into two groups of untrained rats. The untrained two groups then manifested a significant tendency (as compared with one another) to react differently to the two stimuli. On the average, the response appeared to be specific to the stimulus employed during training.

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