Some appetitive procedures for examining associative learning in the mouse: Implications for psychopathology

Charlotte Bonardi*, Craig Bartle, Kathryn Bowles, Felicity de Pulford, Dómhnall J. Jennings

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Abstract

There are few demonstrations of basic associative learning phenomena using appetitive procedures in mice. This article describes procedures for obtaining four associative learning phenomena in mice, using an appetitive conditioning procedure in which the reinforcer was delivery of a sucrose pellet, and the conditioned response head entry into the food tray. Experiment 1 demonstrated latent inhibition in a within-subjects procedure. Experiment 2 demonstrates both overshadowing and blocking, and Experiment 3 Pavlovian conditioned inhibition, which was evaluated by both summation and retardation tests. These procedures all have potential relevance to current translational research questions. The specific advantages of using appetitive tasks are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-247
Number of pages8
JournalBehavioural Brain Research
Volume211
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Appetitive
  • Blocking
  • Classical conditioning
  • Conditioned inhibition
  • Latent inhibition
  • Mice
  • Overshadowing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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