Comparison of amnesias induced by electroconvulsive shock administered after training-trial footshock or noncontingent footshock in rats
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Used a 1-trial fear-conditioning paradigm in 2 experiments with 75 and 105 male Long-Evans rats, respectively. The amnesia pattern resulting from ECS delivered .5 sec after the training-trial footshock (FS/ECS) was compared with the amnesia resulting from an ECS delivered .5 sec after a noncontingent footshock (NCFS/ECS) administered 24 hrs after the training-trial footshock. FS/ECS produced a relatively strong and permanent amnesia, whereas NCFS/ECS resulted in a relatively weak and transient amnesia. Several possible explanations of these results are discussed, and it is suggested that both amnesias resulted from a disruption of memory-retrieval processes.
DeVietti, T. L., Holliday, J. H., & Larson, R. C. (1973). Comparison of amnesias induced by electroconvulsive shock administered after training-trial footshock or noncontingent footshock in rats. Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology, 84(3), 579–585. https://doi.org/10.1037/h0034859
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