Spontaneous object recognition memory is maintained following transformation of global geometric properties

Steven L. Poulter, Yutaka Kosaki, Alexander Easton, Anthony McGregor

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Studies of spontaneous behavior to assess memory are widespread, but often the relationships of objects to contexts and spatial locations are poorly defined. We examined whether object-location memory was maintained following global, but not local, changes to the geometric shape of an arena. Rats explored two trial-unique objects in a distinctively shaped arena before being exposed to two identical copies of one of these objects in a different shape in a different physical location. Rats preferentially explored objects that were novel in relation to their local geometric context rather than identifying both locations as novel in the global geometric context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-98
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes



  • Context
  • Geometry
  • Object location memory
  • Spatial memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Medicine(all)

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