Interaction between piloting and beacon homing by rats in a swimming pool

Redhead, Edward S., Roberts, Amanda, Good, Mark and Pearce, John M. (1997) Interaction between piloting and beacon homing by rats in a swimming pool. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 23, (3), 340-350.


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In three experiments, rats in a swimming pool were trained to find a submerged platform with a beacon attached to it. For some rats this beacon unambiguously identified the location of the platform; for others the beacon was made ambiguous by placement of an identical beacon in a different part of the pool. Test trials, in the absence of the platform and the beacons, revealed more persistent searching near the original location of the platform if the beacon attached to the platform had been ambiguous. These results show that learning about the location of the platform, with regard to cues that lie beyond the pool, is influenced by the extent to which an animal can find the platform by relying on other cues. The final experiment shows that this interaction between cues is influenced by an animal's prior experience.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0097-7403 (print)
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Cognition
ePrint ID: 18295
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Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:34

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