The topography of sexually conditioned behaviour: effects of a trace interval.

TitleThe topography of sexually conditioned behaviour: effects of a trace interval.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
JournalThe Quarterly journal of experimental psychology. B, Comparative and physiological psychology
Volume49
Issue4
Pagination346-56
ISSN0272-4995
Abstract

In a trace conditioning procedure, subjects were presented with a 30-sec conditioned stimulus (CS) followed by a 30-sec trace interval. Delayed conditioning consisted of a 60-sec CS presentation followed by an unconditioned stimulus (US). Although conditioning developed with both procedures, the topography of the conditioned response differed. Sexual conditioned approach was evident in all of the subjects during the presentation of the CS. Trace-conditioned subjects moved away from the area where the CS had been presented during the trace interval but remained closer to the CS location than did an unpaired control. This reduction in the spatial specificity of the conditioned response was interpreted from a behaviour systems perspective. The trace interval presumably increased the perceived separation between the CS and the US and therefore elicited conditioned behaviour less specifically directed towards the CS.

DOI10.1080/713932638
Short TitleQ J Exp Psychol B
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