The role of contextual conditioning in the effect of reinforcer devaluation on instrumental performance by rats

Sietse Jonkman, Yutaka Kosaki, Barry J. Everitt, Anthony Dickinson

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Different groups of rats received different amounts of training to lever press for a food reinforcer before an aversion was conditioned to the food. This devaluation of the reinforcer reduced responding in both subsequent extinction and reinforced tests of responding to a degree that was independent of the amount of instrumental training. Moreover, interpolating context extinction between aversion conditioning and the extinction test reduced the magnitude of the devaluation effect, thereby indicating that Pavlovian contextual conditioning may play a role in the instrumental devaluation effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-281
Number of pages6
JournalBehavioural Processes
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Mar 1



  • Context extinction
  • Goal-directed
  • Habitual
  • Lithium chloride
  • Pavlovian vs. instrumental processes
  • Reinforcer devaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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