Teaching pigeons an abstract relational rule: insideness

Percept Psychophys. 1989 Jul;46(1):56-64. doi: 10.3758/bf03208074.

Abstract

In 49 sessions, pigeons failed to learn to sort a collection of 80 stimuli composed of a closed curve and a dot, divided into two categories, according to whether the dot was or was not inside the curve. Next, the pigeons were successfully trained, first with the insides of the curves shown in bright red, then with a darker red, and finally with a black matching the background outside the curve. After this stepwise procedure, the pigeons displayed a limited ability to sort novel curves and dot locations according to whether the dot was or was not inside the curve.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Attention*
  • Columbidae
  • Concept Formation*
  • Discrimination Learning*
  • Form Perception*
  • Orientation*
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual*
  • Problem Solving