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1), appear to create some difficulties. These experiments showed, it will be recalled, that an extinguished response, reestablished by retraining with a different US pashler-44108 book January 17, 2002 13:59 Simple Inhibitory Conditioning or instrumental outcome, still shows sensitivity to the effects of devaluing the original US or outcome. Why should this be, if the original US (or outcome) representation has been fully inhibited as a result of the extinction procedure? One obvious possibility (given the reality of spontaneous recovery) is that the inhibitory association may have decayed in some way during the retraining phase, allowing the originally trained excitatory association to make a contribution to test performance (a contribution that would be eliminated by the devaluation procedure).

In addition, Konorski postulated the existence of what he termed “motor act inhibition”, the idea being that the discriminative stimulus could form an excitatory association with a motor node (perhaps, by analogy with the no-US node, to be regarded as a “no-response” node) that was antagonistic to the node controlling the response being measured. Konorski did not acknowledge the role of the R-O association (as we now do), but it is a straightforward matter to extend his general account to deal with this.

Design of Experiment by Rescorla Training Extinction Retraining Test R1 → O & R2 → O S1: R1− & S2: R2− R1 → O & R2 → O S1: R2 > R1 & S2: R1 > R2 NOTE: R: instrumental response; O: outcome; S: discriminative stimulus. were trained initially to make two different responses, each of which generated a food pellet outcome; both then underwent extinction, one in the presence of a light, the other in the presence of a noise. A retraining phase reestablished some measure of responding, allowing the properties acquired by these stimuli to be assessed in a final test.

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