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A landmark blocks searching for a hidden platform in an environment with a distinctive shape after extended pretraining

Horne, Murray R. and Pearce, John Martindale 2009. A landmark blocks searching for a hidden platform in an environment with a distinctive shape after extended pretraining. Learning & Behavior 37 (2) , pp. 167-178. 10.3758/LB.37.2.167

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Abstract

In the blocking phase of three experiments, rats had to find a submerged platform beneath a spherical landmark in one corner of a triangular pool. Prior to this treatment, they were required to find the platform relative to either a sphere above it (blocking groups) or a rod attached to it (control groups). The position of the platform changed from trial to trial for the initial training. The sphere did not restrict learning about the geometric cues provided by the triangular arena in the blocking phase when 12 sessions of initial training took place in either the triangular (Experiment 1) or a circular (Experiment 3) pool. Blocking was observed, however, after 24 sessions of initial training in either the triangular (Experiment 2) or the circular (Experiment 3) pool. Thus, blocking of geometric cues by a landmark is possible after extended initial training with the blocking cue.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Psychonomic Society
ISSN: 1543-4494
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:01
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/31025

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