The retention of an incompletely learned avoidance response


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Abstract

The retention curve for an incompletely learned avoidance habit was determined for rats 0, 0.5, 1, 6, or 24 hrs. or 19 days after 25 training trials. Amount of transfer from original learning was a significant curvilinear function of retention interval, declining from 0 to 1 hr., then rising from 1 hr. to 10 days. 2 processes are suggested, “a forgetting process which reaches an asymptote by 1 hr., and an ‘incubation’ process.” (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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