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Spatial learning based on the shape of the environment is influenced by properties of the objects forming the shape

Graham, Moira Anne, Good, Mark Andrew, McGregor, Anthony and Pearce, John Martindale 2006. Spatial learning based on the shape of the environment is influenced by properties of the objects forming the shape. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes 32 (1) , pp. 44-59. 10.1037/0097-7403.32.1.44

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Abstract

In 3 experiments rats had to find a submerged platform that was located in a corner of a kite-shaped pool. The color of the walls creating this corner provided an additional cue for finding the platform in the shape + color condition but not the shape-only condition. During tests in a pool with walls of a uniform color but no platform, more time was spent in the corner where the platform was originally located after training in the shape + color than in the shape-only condition. The results challenge theories that assume either that learning about the shape of the environment takes place in a dedicated module or that cues compete for the control they acquire over behavior.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: American Psychological Association
ISSN: 1939-2184
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2019 21:58
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/32777

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