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Perceptual learning in filial imprinting: Evidence from transfer of training studies

Honey, Robert Colin ORCID:, Horn, Gabriel and Bateson, Patrick 1993. Perceptual learning in filial imprinting: Evidence from transfer of training studies. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 46B (3) , pp. 253-269. 10.1080/14640749308401088

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Chicks were first imprinted by exposing them to a moving training stimulus, B or C, that was projected onto a screen at one end of an experimental cabinet. Subsequently, subjects selectively approached the stimulus to which they had been exposed. On the following day, the chicks were placed into a chilled experimental cabinet (15°C) and received trials on which two stimuli (A and B) were projected onto screens located at opposite ends of the cabinet. If the subject approached Stimulus A, a stream of warm air was delivered; if it approached B, the trial terminated, and no heat was presented. For subjects that had been imprinted with Stimulus B, those in Group B, Stimulus A was novel, and Stimulus B was familiar. For chicks that had been imprinted with Stimulus C, Group C, both A and B were novel. In two experiments, Group B acquired the discrimination more rapidly than did Group C. This observation, made using a novel training procedure, was taken to support the suggestion that imprinting results in a form of perceptual learning in which the familiar imprinting object has become more discriminable from other novel objects.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Language other than English: French
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 0272-4995
Date of Acceptance: 1 October 1992
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 10:15

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