Rats typically show very slow improvement on barpress-avoidance tasks, but they show rapid improvement on shuttle-avoidance tasks. This phenomenon can be due either to an inability of rats to learn barpress avoidance or to interference from competing responses (e.g., freezing and withdrawal) that hinder the performance of the barpress-avoidance response, but not the shuttleavoidance response. The results of the present experiment, which employed a transfer of learning design from barpress avoidance to shuttle avoidance and vice versa, support the latter hypothesis.
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