Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Abstract Dogs were trained to pedal press for drinking water in a noncued, single-spatial alternation task. After the dogs were exhibiting stable performance at or above predetermined criteria levels, they were given three doses of four different drugs (methylphenidate, 0.2, 0.4, and 0.8 mg/kg; d-amphetamine, 0.15, 0.3, and 0.6 mg/kg; cocaine, 0.5, 1, and 2 mg/kg; and phenmetrazine, 0.6, 1.2, and 2.4 mg/kg). In general, all four drugs produced similar changes in performance. The number of correct responses was an especially sensitive indicator of drug effects. All four drugs also produced significant increases in both the average response latency and total session duration, but there were few significant changes in either the total number of responses or number of intertrial interval responses. Relative to d-amphetamine, the potencies of cocaine and phenmetrazine, but not methylphenidate, were generally higher for the measures of single-spatial alternation than for self-administration.
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