Place versus response learning revisited: tests of blocking on the radial maze.

Academic Article


  • Neurobiological and behavioral research indicates that place learning and response learning occur simultaneously, in parallel. Such findings seem to conflict with theories of associative learning in which different cues compete for learning. The authors conducted place+response training on a radial maze and then tested place learning and response learning separately by reconfiguring the maze in various ways. Consistent with the effects of manipulating place and response systems in the brain (M. G. Packard & J. L. McGaugh, 1996), well-trained rats showed strong place learning and strong response learning. Three experiments using associative blocking paradigms indicated that prior response learning interferes with place learning. Blocking and related tests can be used to better understand how memory systems interact during learning.
  • Authors

  • Gibson, Brett
  • Shettleworth, Sara J
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • April 2005
  • Published In


  • Animals
  • Association Learning
  • Male
  • Maze Learning
  • Memory
  • Rats
  • Rats, Long-Evans
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 15839803
  • Start Page

  • 567
  • End Page

  • 586
  • Volume

  • 119
  • Issue

  • 2