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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What is habituation

What is habituation?
Decreases in responsiveness to a stimuli after repeated presentations of it

Properties of habituation?

1. large response decrements occur at first, followed by progressively smaller response decrements
2. Response recovers over time if no stimulus is presented (spontaneous recovery)
3. Relearning - Habituation is more faster when stimulus is presented again
4. Habituation = faster with weaker stimuli (helicopter story)
5. Increased freq. of stimuli = faster habituation
6. below-zero habituation = increases long term retention of habituation
7. Amount of generalization depends on similarity of stimuli
8. Restoration of habituated response by changing the nature of the eliciting stimulus = dishabituation

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