A. L. Saggerson
Imitative learning of stimulus-response and response-outcome associations in pigeons
Saggerson, A. L.; George, David N.; Honey, R. C.
Dr David George D.George@hull.ac.uk
R. C. Honey
A novel automated procedure was used to study imitative learning in pigeons. In Experiments 1 and 2, observer pigeons witnessed a demonstrator pigeon successfully performing an instrumental discrimination in which different discriminative stimuli indicated which of 2 topographically distinct responses (R1 and R2) resulted in the delivery of seed. The observers were then presented with the discriminative stimuli and given access to the response panel. Observer pigeons' behavior during the discriminative stimuli was influenced by how the demonstrator had responded during these stimuli. In Experiment 3, observers witnessed demonstrator pigeons performing R1 for Outcome 1 and R2 for Outcome 2. Observers then received a procedure designed to devalue Outcome 1 relative to Outcome 2 and were subsequently less likely to perform R1 than R2. These results suggest that pigeons can learn both stimulus response and response-outcome associations by observation. Copyright 2005 by the American Psychological Association.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Jul 1, 2005|
|Journal||JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-ANIMAL BEHAVIOR PROCESSES|
|Publisher||American Psychological Association|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|APA6 Citation||Saggerson, A. L., George, D. N., & Honey, R. C. (2005). Imitative learning of stimulus-response and response-outcome associations in pigeons. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 31(3), 289-300. https://doi.org/10.1037/0097-7403.31.3.289|
|Keywords||Experimental and Cognitive Psychology; Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics|
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