stimulus relevance

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A principle that asserts that the strength of an association between a stimulus and some consequences depends partly upon the nature of the consequences. Thus a rat (Rattus norvegicus) readily associates a light or sound with electric shock consequences, but does not associate taste stimuli with such consequences. On the other hand, the rat strongly associated taste stimuli with subsequent poisoning, but does not associate light or sound stimuli with such consequences.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

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