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Title: Pigeons Learn Signal-Food Intervals Independently in a Multiple Peak Procedure
Contributor(s): Rice, Nathaniel (author); Grace, Randolph C (author); Kyonka, Elizabeth  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
DOI: 10.1037/xan0000011
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Abstract: Previous research has shown rapid learning of multiple temporal relations between signals and food by pigeons when these relations are changed unpredictably each session (Kyonka & Grace, 2007). The goal of the present study was to test whether contextual temporal cues-that is, an alternative signal-food delay that was a valid predictor of a target signal-food delay-facilitated acquisition by the target contingency. Four pigeons responded in a multiple peak-interval procedure in which red and green keys signaled separate fixed-interval (FI) schedules with occasional extinction probes (peak trials). The schedule parameters of the FIs either summed to 30 s (correlated condition ρ = −1.0) or were not restricted to sum to 30 s (uncorrelated condition ρ = 0.0). Comparing stop times obtained from peak trials in the 2 conditions revealed no effect of context: Temporal control of responding was acquired at the same rate and with the same precision regardless of whether the schedule values were correlated. These results suggest that pigeons learn about multiple signal-food delays independently.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, 40(2), p. 241-248
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 2329-8464
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
060801 Animal Behaviour
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520406 Sensory processes, perception and performance
310901 Animal behaviour
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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