Learning the Configuration of a Landmark Array: I. Touch-Screen Studies with Pigeons and Humans

Marcia L. Spetch*, Ken Cheng, Suzanne E. MacDonald

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    Abstract

    Pigeons and humans searched on a touch-screen monitor for an unmarked goal located relative to an array of landmarks presented in varied screen locations. After training with the goal centered in various square arrays of 4 landmarks, humans, but not pigeons, transferred accurately to arrays with novel elements. Humans searched in the middle of expanded arrays, whereas pigeons preserved the distance and direction to a single landmark. When trained with the goal centered below 2 identical horizontally aligned landmarks, humans responded to horizontal expansions or contractions of the array by shifting their search vertically, preserving angles from landmarks to goal. Pigeons did not adjust their search vertically. Humans trained with a single landmark adjusted search distance when landmark size was changed. Both pigeons and humans use the configuration of a landmark array, but the underlying processes seem to differ.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)55-68
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Comparative Psychology
    Volume110
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 1996

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