Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/17223
Title: Brushtail possums ('Trichosurus vulpecula') counting using response sequences under ratio reinforcement
Contributor(s): Clarke, Katrina H (author); Bizo, Lewis (author); McEwan, James S (author)
Publication Date: 2014
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/17223
Abstract: The aim of this study was to replicate the 'Mechner Counting Procedure' and conduct a variety of conditions to determine whether possums have the cognitive ability to count. Previous research has shown that animals are able to count the amount of responses they make and the number of light flashes that occur. Six brushtail possums participated in three conditions where FR responses were required to gain access to food reinforcement. Reinforcement was delivered either upon the completion of an FR response requirement on lever A, or on the completion of the FR on lever A, followed by an additional response on lever B. The results have shown that the possums do have the cognitive ability to count the number of responses they make. The mean response on lever B typically occurred slightly above the FR response requirement across conditions.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 11th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis (NZABA), Dunedin, New Zealand, 29th - 31st August, 2014
Conference Details: 11th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis (NZABA), Dunedin, New Zealand, 29th - 31st August, 2014
Source of Publication: New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis 11th Annual Conference Programme, p. 21-21
Publisher: New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis (NZABA)
Place of Publication: online
Field of Research (FOR): 170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
Other Links: https://nzaba.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/nzaba-2014-programme-complete.pdf
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