Within-compound associations explain potentiation and failure to overshadow learning based on geometry by discrete landmarks

Joe M. Austen, Yutaka Kosaki, Anthony McGregor

研究成果: Article査読

11 被引用数 (Scopus)

抄録

In three experiments, rats were trained to locate a submerged platform in one of the base corners of a triangular arena above each of which was suspended one of two distinctive landmarks. In Experiment 1, it was established that these landmarks differed in their salience by the differential control they gained over behavior after training in compound with geometric cues. In Experiment 2, it was shown that locating the platform beneath the less salient landmark potentiated learning based on geometry compared with control rats for which landmarks provided ambiguous information about the location of the platform. The presence of the more salient landmark above the platform for another group of animals appeared to have no effect on learning based on geometry. Experiment 3 established that these landmark and geometry cues entered into within-compound associations during compound training. We argue that these within-compound associations can account for the potentiation seen in Experiment 2, as well as previous failures to demonstrate overshadowing of geometric cues. We also suggest that these within-compound associations need not be of different magnitudes, despite the different effects of each of the landmarks on learning based on geometry seen in Experiment 2. Instead, within-compound associations appear to mitigate the overshadowing effects that traditional theories of associative learning would predict.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)259-272
ページ数14
ジャーナルJournal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes
39
3
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2013
外部発表はい

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

フィンガープリント 「Within-compound associations explain potentiation and failure to overshadow learning based on geometry by discrete landmarks」の研究トピックを掘り下げます。これらがまとまってユニークなフィンガープリントを構成します。

引用スタイル