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Pigeons' Performances of a Radial-Arm-Maze Analog Task: Effect of Spatial Distinctiveness
The Psychological Record (1992)
  • Janice Steirn, University of Kentucky
  • Thomas R. Zentall, University of Kentucky
  • Lou M. Sherburne, University of Kentucky
Abstract
AB Administered a radial-arm-maze analog task to 16 pigeons involving 5 response keys in 1 of 4 spatial arrangements. Two of the 4 arrangements involved 2-dimensional key displays that differed in degree of spatial separation (large display vs small display). The other 2 arrangements involved 1-dimensional key displays in either a vertical or horizontal array. Ss' acquisition of the task was better with a 2-dimensional (spatially distinct) array of keys than a single dimension (linear array). Performance on the linear array was not significantly better than chance, indicating that the distinctiveness of cues is important for the processing of spatial information.
Keywords
  • Radial-arm-maze analog task,
  • Spatial Distinctiveness
Publication Date
1992
Citation Information
Janice Steirn, Thomas R. Zentall and Lou M. Sherburne. "Pigeons' Performances of a Radial-Arm-Maze Analog Task: Effect of Spatial Distinctiveness" The Psychological Record Vol. 42 (1992) p. 255 - 272
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/janice-steirn/42/