Further tests of pigeons' (Columba Livia) planning behavior using a computerized plus-shaped maze task

Hiromitsu Miyata, Kazuo Fujita

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Abstract

Miyata and Fujita in 2008 reported that pigeons, trained to move a target square to a goal square by pecking, plan one step ahead while performing on a plus-shaped maze, that is, the birds frequently made errors to move the target toward the previous goal direction after the goal jumped to another arm. In the present study, pigeons' planning using this maze was further examined. In Experiment 1, when goals appeared at all three of the arms during solution, the birds did not choose the old goal at above chance. Reaction time data suggested that the birds decided which goal to choose after crossing the center point. In Experiment 2, after the goal jumped to another arm following a preview phase, some birds frequently moved in the direction of the old goal. These results suggest that pigeons may plan one step ahead but might have updated plans for each movement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-42
Number of pages16
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Volume115
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Aug
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems

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