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Summation in autoshaping is affected by the similarity of the visual stimuli to the stimulation they replace.

Pearce, John M.; Redhead, Edward S.; George, David N.

Authors

John M. Pearce

Edward S. Redhead



Abstract

Pigeons received autoshaping with 2 stimuli, A and B, presented in adjacent regions on a television screen. Conditioning with each stimulus was therefore accompanied by stimulation that was displaced from the screen whenever the other stimulus was presented. Test trials with AB revealed stronger responding if this displaced stimulation was similar to, rather than different from, A and B. For a further experiment the training just described included trials with A and B accompanied by an additional, similar, stimulus. Responding during test trials with AB was stronger if the additional trials signaled the presence rather than the absence of food. The results are explained with a configural theory of conditioning.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2002-04
Journal JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-ANIMAL BEHAVIOR PROCESSES
Print ISSN 0097-7403
Electronic ISSN 0097-7403
Publisher American Psychological Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 2
Pages 175-189
APA6 Citation Pearce, J. M., Redhead, E. S., & George, D. N. (2002). Summation in autoshaping is affected by the similarity of the visual stimuli to the stimulation they replace. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 28(2), 175-189. https://doi.org/10.1037/0097-7403.28.2.175
DOI https://doi.org/10.1037/0097-7403.28.2.175
Keywords Experimental and Cognitive Psychology; Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Publisher URL http://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2F0097-7403.28.2.175