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The associability is not brought into being by the actual associating of the elements.
Studies have clearly shown that uncorrelated presentations of a stimulus and a particular reinforcer often result in a dramatic decrease in the associability of that stimulus with that reinforcer (Mackintosh, 1973).
Clearly more evidence is required to determine whether higher primates demonstrate differential behavior and associability to serpent-like stimuli, but as things stand, a special status for such stimuli has not been established and movement of any kind seems to be a particularly salient attribute.

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