Behavioral dissociation of dishabituation, sensitization, and inhibition in Aplysia

Emilie A. Marcus, Thomas G. Nolen, Catharine H. Rankin, Thomas J. Carew

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Three forms of nonassociative learning (habituation, dishabituation, and sensitization) have commonly been explained by a dual-process view in which a single decrementing process produces habituation and a single facilitatory process produces both dishabituation and sensitization. A key prediction of this view is that dishabituation and sensitization should always occur together. However, we show that dishabituation and sensitization, as well as an additional process, inhibition, can be behaviorally dissociated in Aplysia by (i) their deferential time of onset; (ii) their differential sensitivity to stimulus intensity, and (iii) their differential emergence during development. A simple dual-process view cannot explain these results; rather, a multiprocess view appears necessary to account for nonassodative learning in Aplysia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-213
Number of pages4
Issue number4862
StatePublished - 1988

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