Sensory preconditioning in the goldfish
Hayden, Mary Ellen
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Sensory preconditioning (SPC) has been demonstrated in organisms from humans to birds on the phylogenetic scale. Several attempts to precondition fish, however, have been unsuccessful. This study was an attempt to make use of phylogenetic trends discovered by Soviet experimenters to devise a successful SPC experiment with fish. Three experiments were conducted using an appetitive task to test for preconditioning effects. Although results of these tests were not uniformly statistically significant, the data were highly suggestive of some SPC effect. Possible modifications of the experimental design to further explore SPC in the fish are discussed.