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The effects of using stimuli from three different dimensions on autoshaping with a complex negative patterning discrimination

Pearce, John M.; George, David N.

Authors

John M. Pearce



Abstract

In two experiments pigeons received a complex negative patterning discrimination, using autoshaping, in which food was made available after three stimuli if they were presented alone (A, B, C), or in pairs (AB, AC, BC), but not when they were all presented together (ABC). Subjects also received a positive patterning discrimination in which three additional stimuli were not followed by food when presented alone (D, E, F), or in pairs (DE, DF, EF), but they were followed by food when presented together (DEF). Stimuli A and D belonged to one dimension, B and E to a second dimension, and D and F to a third dimension. For both problems, the discrimination between the individual stimuli and the triple-element compounds developed more readily than that between the pairs of stimuli and the triple-element compound. The results are consistent with predictions that can be derived from a configural theory of conditioning.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2002-10
Journal QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY SECTION B-COMPARATIVE AND PHYS
Print ISSN 0272-4995
Electronic ISSN 1464-1321
Publisher Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 55
Issue 4b
Pages 349-364
APA6 Citation Pearce, J. M., & George, D. N. (2002). The effects of using stimuli from three different dimensions on autoshaping with a complex negative patterning discrimination. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Series B Comparative and Physiological Psychology, 55(4b), 349-364. https://doi.org/10.1080/02724990244000061
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/02724990244000061
Keywords summation similarity model