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Context specificity in pigeon autoshaping

Honey, Robert Colin ORCID:, Willis, Alan and Hall, Geoffrey 1990. Context specificity in pigeon autoshaping. Learning and Motivation 21 (2) , pp. 125-136. 10.1016/0023-9690(90)90015-G

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In Experiment 1, pigeons were autoshaped with two stimuli (a and b) in one context, X, and two further stimuli (c and d) in a second context, Y, that differed from the first in a number of visual characteristics. In the test phase subjects received presentations of stimuli a and d in context X and c and b in context Y. The response rate to the stimuli that were tested in the context in which they had been trained, a and c, was higher than that to the stimuli that were trained and tested in different contexts, b and d. This finding was replicated in Experiment 2 in which the contexts were differentiated by their odor. These results suggest that contextual cues can influence the retrieval of associative information.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0023-9690
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 09:11

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