Discriminative Control of Behavior by Drug States

  • Donald A. Overton


Centrally acting drugs can be used in place of discriminative stimuli, and often acquire response control with surprising rapidity when used in this way. Also, without discriminative training, the performance of behaviors learned while an animal is drugged may appear conditional upon the drug state present during response acquisition; the response may fail to transfer, or transfer only partially, into different drug states.


Stimulus Property Drug State Response Control Shock Level Discriminative Training 
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  • Donald A. Overton
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  1. 1.Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric InstitutePhiladelphiaUSA

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