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Perceptual learning with tactile stimuli in rodents: shaping the somatosensory system

Pacchiarini, Nicole ORCID:, Fox, Kevin Dyson ORCID: and Honey, Robert Colin ORCID: 2017. Perceptual learning with tactile stimuli in rodents: shaping the somatosensory system. Learning & Behavior 45 (2) , pp. 107-114. 10.3758/s13420-017-0269-y

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The animal kingdom contains species with a wide variety of sensory systems that have been selected to function in different environmental niches, but that are also subject to modification by experience during an organism’s lifetime. The modification of such systems by experience is often called perceptual learning. In rodents, the classic example of perceptual learning is the observation that simple preexposure to two visual stimuli facilitates a subsequent (reinforced) discrimination between them. However, until recently very little behavioral research had investigated perceptual learning with tactile stimuli in rodents, in marked contrast to the wealth of information about plasticity in the rodent somatosensory system. Here we present a selective review of behavioral analyses of perceptual learning with tactile stimuli, alongside evidence concerning the potential bases of such effects within the somatosensory system.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Associative learning; Discrimination; Generalization; Habituation
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1543-4494
Funders: BBSRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 April 2017
Date of Acceptance: 16 March 2017
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 17:59

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