Development of habituation to novel environments in the rat

David A. Feigley, Patricia J. Parsons, Leonard W. Hamilton, Norman E. Spear

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Studied habituation of investigatory head poking in 15, 25, and 84-174 day old Sprague-Dawley albino rats. Rate of habituation was inversely related to age, and this relationship was unaffected by the introduction of response-contingent novel illumination. These data are in accord with other evidence for the course of development of a cholinergic inhibitory mechanism. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-452
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of comparative and physiological psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 1972

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


  • habituation of investigatory head poking, age &
  • response-contingent novel illumination vs. cholinergic inhibitory mechanism, rat

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