Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/22309
Title: Behavioral History and Pigeons' "Guiding Cues" Performance
Contributor(s): Fox, Adam E (author); Reid, Alliston K (author); Kyonka, Elizabeth  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1007/s40732-014-0060-9
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/22309
Abstract: Response-sequence learning is often studied by manipulating consequences for sequence completion. Results of research evaluating how changes in discriminative stimuli disrupt the accuracy of response sequences suggest that transitions to reversed but highly predictive discriminative stimuli are more disruptive than the removal of discriminative stimuli. Two experiments assessed effects of changing discriminative stimuli on response-sequence accuracy while reinforcement remained contingent on a left-peck, right-peck response sequence. Initially, pigeons were trained on the response sequence in which the S+ key was illuminated red and the S- key was illuminated white. For all conditions of both experiments, the "accurate" response sequence that led to food was the same, but the way the accurate sequence was signaled sometimes differed. In Experiment 1, after training, discriminative stimuli were either removed (by lighting both keys white) or reversed. Accuracy was lower when discriminative stimuli were reversed than when they were removed. Experiment 2 showed that after training with discriminative stimuli, a history of reinforcement without discriminative stimuli was sufficient for the response sequence to emerge at high levels of accuracy when the discriminative stimuli were reversed. Results suggest a parsimonious explanation for why highly predictive discriminative stimuli sometimes fail to control behavior based on behavioral history.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: The Psychological Record, 64(3), p. 403-413
Publisher: Springer Nature
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 0033-2933
2163-3452
Field of Research (FOR): 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
060801 Animal Behaviour
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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