Modern Psychological Studies
1 & 2
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The inhibition or facilitation of additional learning is a subject that can be investigated with a controlled study. In recent years, there has been an increased interest in the effects of previous learning on the inhibiting or facilitation of additional learning. This study was designed to examine whether or not previous learning (continuous reinforcement in an operant chamber) affects how swiftly a rat learns how to run a maze when compared to naive (untrained) rats. A total of nine rats were used, five were previously CRF trained and the remaining four were experimentally naive. Each rat was deprived of water for 24 ± 1 hour and was tested using a Lashley III maze and water reinforcement. It is the prediction of this experiment that the previously trained rats will make fewer total errors than the inexperienced (naive) rats and will meet criterion significantly faster. Data showed that rats that were previously trained made significantly fewer total errors than
BF1 .M63 v. 9 no. 1 & 2 2003
"The impact of previous operant learning on subsequent maze learning in rats,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 9
, Article 10.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol9/iss1/10