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J Exp Anal Behav. 1965 Nov;8(6):397-403.

Classical conditioning of aggressive display in Siamese fighting fish.

Abstract

Unconditioned aggressive-display behavior elicited by the mirror image of a male Siamese Fighting Fish was brought under the control of a previously ineffective stimulus by classical conditioning. A stimulus light repeatedly paired with mirror presentation came to elicit the complex aggressive-behavior sequence. Relative rates of acquisition of four components of the display were compared. Fin erection and undulating movements were acquired most rapidly while gill-cover erection and frontal approach were acquired most slowly. A discriminative conditioning procedure revealed that the response was specifically elicited by the conditioned stimulus, and not a sensitization artifact.

PMID:
5851396
PMCID:
PMC1338121
DOI:
10.1901/jeab.1965.8-397
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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