Therapy and immunization of long-term analgesia in rats Academic Article uri icon


  • Three experiments are reported which examine the effects of experience with escapable shock either subsequent to (Experiment 1) or prior to (Experiments 2 and 3) a session of inescapable shock on the subsequently produced long-term analgesic reaction in rats. Experment 1 demonstrated that experience with escapable shock 4 hr after a session of inescapable tail shock completely reverses the analgesic response that is normally observed 24 hr later upon reexposure to shock. The escapability of the shock was shown to be the important factor in reversing the analgesic reaction, since subjects given inescapable shock in amounts equivalent to escape subjects exhibited no reduction in analgesia. Experiment 2 showed that experience with escapable shock 4 hr prior to a session of inescapable tail shock could also completely eliminate the long-term analgesic reaction. Experiment 3 replicated the results of Experiment 2, but employed a different escape task and temporal parameters in order to extend the generality of the findings, and to more closely match the procedures employed in behavioral experiments reported by J. L. Williams and S. F. Maier (Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 1977, 3, 240-253). The implications of these results for the areas of pain control and learned helplessness were discussed. 1981.

published proceedings

  • Learning and Motivation

author list (cited authors)

  • Moye, T. B., Coon, D. J., Grau, J. W., & Maier, S. F.

complete list of authors

  • Moye, Thomas B||Coon, Deborah J||Grau, James W||Maier, Steven F

publication date

  • January 1, 1981 11:11 AM