Incentive Behavior

Bernard W. Balleine

in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195162851
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199863891 | DOI:
 Incentive Behavior

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This chapter discusses the incentive behavior of rats in the context of evaluative, Pavlovian, and instrumental conditioning procedures. These incentive processes constitute a hierarchy: instrumental incentives involve in part processes engaged by Pavlovian incentives that in part involve processes engaged by evaluative incentives. Whether these incentive processes can in fact be fully dissociated structurally is still a matter of debate, and some current issues are discussed in the final section.

Keywords: laboratory rats; rat behavior; evaluative incentives; Pavlovian incentives; instrumental incentives

Chapter.  6554 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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