Presentation on theme: "Chapter 4 – Classical Conditioning: Mechanisms Important characteristics of the CS and US –1) Novelty of CS and US Latent Inhibition –association account."— Presentation transcript:
Chapter 4 – Classical Conditioning: Mechanisms Important characteristics of the CS and US –1) Novelty of CS and US Latent Inhibition –association account –memory account –Release from LI US preexposure –2) Intensity/saliency of CS and US –3) CS/US relevance (belongingness) Garcia and Koeling –Bright Noisy Tasty water –Belongingness –4) Stimulus Substitution Higher order conditioning Further evidence for stimulus substitution –Jenkins and Moore (1973) Homeostasis –Riccio –Siegel
CS and US Novelty – We learn about novel stimuli more quickly than familiar. First noticed by Pavlov. –If the dog had had heard the bell a lot before it was harder for it to learn the bell now predicted food
Latent Inhibition (CS preexposure effect) LI GroupForward controlRandom control Phase 1CS Nothing Nothing Phase 2CS US CS US unpaired CS and US Test CS alone CS alone CS alone LI GroupForward controlRandom control Phase 1 bell nothing nothing Phase 2bell food bell food unpaired bell and food Test bell alone bell alone bell alone
Why are familiar stimuli less easily conditioned? 1) The associative interference theory –Prior learning about the CS or US interferes with the animals ability to learn new things about the CS or US. Learned irrelevance or safety? –The animals learn the CS is irrelevant or safe in phase 1 –The Bell doesn’t lead to anything good or bad »Habituation –Let’s apply to taste aversion LI group CTA group Backward control phase 1 sacch nothing nothing phase 2 sacch LiCl sacch LiCl LiCl sacch test sacch alone sacch alone sacch alone
learned irrelevance or safety –the LI group saccharin is “safe” in phase 1 This “safe” learning makes it harder to learn that saccharin is now “unsafe” –Input problem –CTA group Didn’t learned saccharin is safe. neophobia –which is confirmed
2) A memory interference theory of Latent Inhibition –Perhaps LI occurs because animals have learned two things equally well The CS is safe The CS makes me Ill What happens at test? –LI group memories compete “safe” and “bad” –intermediate level of CR. –CTA one memory “bad” –stronger CR –Backward group one memory “safe” –least CR This is an output problem
Release from LI (Kraemer & Spear, 1992) –Instead of testing right away wait for 21 days LI is the same as CTA group. –conditioned responding increased why? –Biological importance of memories? »CS Safe? »CS Dangerous?
US preexposure effect US preexposureForward controlRandom control Phase 1US Nothing Nothing Phase 2CS US CS US unpaired CS and US Test CS alone CS alone CS alone US preexposureForward controlRandom control Phase 1 Food nothing nothing Phase 2bell food bell food unpaired bell and food Test bell alone bell alone bell alone
CS and US Intensity and Salience –We have covered this before louder or brighter CSs more flavorful or painful USs –Can be manipulated indirectly Salt deprived rats –taste aversions to a salty substance –Learn quickly
CS-US Relevance, or Belongingness –Bright – Noisy – Tasty Water Garcia and Koeling (1966) Group 1 – bright noisy tasty LiCl Group 2 – bright noisy tasty shock test both groups with a choice between bright noisy tasty group 1 (LiCl) drink don’t drink group 2 (Shock)don’t drink drink
this illustrates species-specific differences in preparedness to learn –taste illness –sounds /sights pain. Pigeons? –use sight more than taste for foraging color and shape of seeds –learn a visual cue (colored bead) goes with illness readily. Humans? –spiders and snakes – shock –Houses and flowers – shock
What determines the nature of the Conditioned Response? –The Stimulus Substitution model (Pavlov) The CS becomes a surrogate US This is why the CR and UR are typically the same –Salivation/Salivation This is one explanation for how higher- order conditioning can occur.
Higher-Order Conditioning (Second-Order) Exp. Group Control Group phase 1 CS1 (light) US (shock) CS1 (light) /US (Shock) random phase 2 CS2 (tone) CS1 (light)CS2 (tone) --> CS1 (light test CS2 (tone) alone CS2 (tone) alone Can you think of an example of higher order conditioning that we handle every day?
Further evidence for stimulus substitution –Different US’s produce different UR’s Food salivation Shock withdrawal and aversion Puff of air to the eye eyeblink –Jenkins and Moore (1973) even subtle differences in the US can affect the nature of the conditioned response.
Pigeons GP 1 GP 2 Key light (8 s) GrainKey light (8 s) Water What procedure is this? CS, US, UR, CR?CS, US, UR, CR? CR is pecking the key in both cases –How the pigeons pecked the key depended on the US –Food Peck like eating Rapid with beak closing when striking the key –Water Peck like drinking Slower with beak open and swallowing behavior
Learning and Homeostasis: A Special Case of Stimulus Substitution –For our bodies to work well we often have to maintain physiological parameters within some acceptable limit. e.g., Body temperature (98.6 degrees) Walter Cannon –Introduced term Homeostasis physiological mechanisms that serve to maintain critical aspects of the body within acceptable limits. What happens when we get cold? –compensatory reaction Wouldn’t it be more efficient, if we could anticipate when we are going to get cold? –Compensate ahead of time?
Conditioned Cold Tolerance (Riccio et al.) CS, US, UR, CR? What if you tested them in a new room?
Drugs and Conditioned drug effects. –It is well known that people also become tolerant to the effects of a drug –Could this tolerance also be context specific? Siegel –injected rats with 5.0 mg/kg of morphine every day in the same room (context) Increased body temperature Decreased heart rate decreased sensitivity to pain –Paw lick latency –over time all of these responses decreased tolerance
Was this tolerance the result of Pavlovian conditioning? –How would you find out? test in a new environment –paw lick latency went back up –temperature increased –heart rate decreased CS, US, UR, CR?
tolerance appears to be at least in part conditioned –body learns to compensate for the action of the drug in an attempt to maintain homeostasis. Drinking in bar at 10 pm Drinking at school at 10 am Heroin Addicts –large tolerance in normal surroundings. – take the same dose in a novel place Many OD patients reported taking drug in new place Siegel has shown that rats are more likely to die from high dose of a drug they are tolerant to –If in new environment
If Seigel is correct typical classical conditioning findings should apply to this situation. –Extinction Repeated exposure to the environmental cues (CS) in the absence of morphine (US). –This has been shown What should happen if an animal had repeated exposure to the testing environment before the drug was injected to the animal? –Known as?
Note - Conditioned Tolerance is usually demonstrated (tested) while presenting the US. using Novel CS 2 vs. Trained CS 1 –No tolerance in novel context Its not your typical test with CS alone Conditioned withdrawal effects –The result of a more traditional test of Pavlovian Conditioning CS alone Note – withdrawal effects are often opposite of drug effects –Cocaine – Euphoria Withdrawal - Depression
Rats trained with context Morphine –Test with context alone? Showed increased withdrawal –Wet dog shakes –Paw tremors –Ear wipes –Head shakes –Body twitches –What if withdrawal occurs in new context? Decreased withdrawal
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