with regard to conditioning, the phenomenon wherein an experimental animal, after encountering reinforcement at one noise frequency, will respond to a new frequency an octave higher or lower than the initial frequency due to it being more like the initial one than it is to a frequency within that octave.

OCTAVE EFFECT: "The octave effect produced left the researchers rather stunned at the squirrel's behavior."
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