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Between-cue associations influence searching for a hidden goal in an environment with a distinctive shape

Horne, Murray R. and Pearce, John Martindale 2009. Between-cue associations influence searching for a hidden goal in an environment with a distinctive shape. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes 35 (1) , pp. 99-107. 10.1037/0097-7403.35.1.99

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Abstract

In Experiment 1 rats had to escape from a kite-shaped pool by swimming to a submerged escape platform in a right-angled corner. The two walls creating this corner were white and the two walls creating the opposite, incorrect, right-angled corner were black. The rats were then trained in a square pool with two white walls forming one corner and two black walls forming the opposite corner. The platform was in the white corner for a consistent group and the black corner for an inconsistent group. A test in an entirely white kite revealed a stronger preference for the correct than the incorrect corner in the consistent but not the inconsistent group. This outcome is attributed to the formation of associations between geometric cues, provided by the shape of the pool, and the color of the walls. The results were replicated in a second experiment in which the walls of the test pool were the same color as the incorrect corner during initial training.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: American Psychological Association
ISSN: 1939-2184
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:45
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/11602

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