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Title: Adaptive Learning and Forgetting in an Unconventional Experimental Routine
Contributor(s): Kyonka, Elizabeth (author)orcid ; Bell-Garrison, Daniel (author)orcid ; Rice, Nathaniel (supervisor)
Publication Date: 2018-02-13
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.4226/95/5a865478d6228Open Access Link
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Abstract/Context: Learning and forgetting were assessed concurrently in two experiments that involved the same unconventional routine. The schedule of reinforcement changed every session. Sessions were run back-to-back with a 23-hour mid-session break such that in a single visit to the testing chamber, the subject completed the second half of one session and the first half of the next. The beginning of a new session was either signaled or unsignaled. Experiment 1 involved concurrent variable interval-variable interval schedules with four possible reinforcer ratios. Response allocation was sensitive to the richer schedule and was retained through the mid-session break. Experiment 2 involved peak-interval schedules of varying durations. Temporal discrimination was rapidly acquired before and after the mid-session break, but not retained. Signaling the session change decreased control by past contingencies in both experiments, demonstrating that learning and forgetting can be investigated separately. Forgetting is often thought of as the inability to remember, but remembering and forgetting allow behavior to adapt to a changing environment in distinct and separable ways. These results suggest that the temporal structure of information can impact animals’ capacity to forget and remember.
Publication Type: Dataset
Fields of Research (FOR): 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): 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology
Keywords: Pigeons
Temporal learning
Rapid acquisition
Adaptive forgetting
Key peck
Location: Life Sciences Building, West Virginia University
Format: 2 Excel .xlsx files
Access rights: Open
Open Access Embargo: 2018-02-13
HERDC Category Description: X Dataset
Project: Adaptive Learning and Forgetting in an Unconventional Experimental Routine
Dataset Managed By: School of Behavioural, Cognitive & Social Sciences
Rights Holder: Elizabeth Kyonka
Rights Statement: Data is provided as open access. Reuse require attribution and non-commercial settings.
Dataset Stored at: Univeristy of New England
Primary Contact Details: Elizabeth Kyonka -
Dataset Custodian Details: Elizabeth Kyonka -
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