1. Pigeons were trained to discriminate chlordiazepoxide (CDP) from saline using two-key food reinforced drug discrimination procedures. Discriminative control by CDP was maintained despite extended training with vehicle-like doses of CDP, by using a modified 'fading' procedure that provided for a mixture of drug discrimination training sessions preceded by an i.m. injection of either 8.0 mg/kg CDP, or a lower training dose of CDP (4.0, 2.8, 2.0, 1.4, 1.0, 0.7, or 0.5 mg/kg CDP), or saline. The lower training dose was decreased across blocks of sessions. 2. Four lower training doses (1.4, 1.0, 0.7, and 0.5 mg/kg CDP) were retrained, with 10 min of 98 dB of noise administered 75 min prior to each drug discrimination training session. Presession exposure to noise increased percent CDP-appropriate choices for each of the four lower training doses by 15-20% over those obtained previously. 3. It is concluded that brief presession exposure to loud noise increases sensitivity to the discriminative stimulus effects of low training doses of CDP.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry|
|State||Published - Oct 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biological Psychiatry
- Drug discrimination