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Zh Vyssh Nerv Deiat Im I P Pavlova. 2000 Nov-Dec;50(6):974-81.

[Comparative analysis of the learning ability in Morris water test in rats with the various rate of active acquisition of the avoidance conditioned reflex].

[Article in Russian]

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St.-Petersburg State University, St.-Petersburg.


Place learning in Morris place navigation task was studied in male rats of KHA (Koltushi High Avoidance) and KLA (Koltushi Low Avoidance) rat strains. These strains were selected for different rate of acquisition of active avoidance in a shuttle box. At the initial stages of learning and after changing the experimental conditions, the performance of KLA rats was significantly better than that of KHA. Analysis of individual escape latency showed that the latency of the platform finding in the first trial had a significant effect on successful performance in the second trial. This effect was different in KHA and KLA rats. As distinct from KLA, the KHA rats demonstrated more rigid strategy in spatial orientation, the clear-cut thigmotropism was characteristic for their behavior in water.

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