The ultrasonic motion detector: a conditioned stimulus for rats in the CER paradigm

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In an attempt to resolve conflicting data concerning the conditioned stimulus (CS) properties of the 40 kHz signal generated by the ultrasonic motion detector, the high frequency signal (96 to 112 dB) was used as the CS in a conditioned emotional response (CER) experiment. Rats receiving forward pairings of the tone with shock showed progressive decreases in activity in the presence of the tone, as compared with controls, during off the baseline conditioning sessions. During the CER test session, the forward pairings groups showed reliably more suppression to the high frequency CS. It was concluded that the ultrasonic motion detector can mediate associative response tendencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-444
Number of pages4
JournalBulletin of the Psychonomic Society
Volume4
Issue number4 B
StatePublished - 1974

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The ultrasonic motion detector : a conditioned stimulus for rats in the CER paradigm. / Cunningham, Christopher.

In: Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, Vol. 4, No. 4 B, 1974, p. 441-444.

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