Spatial learning and memory in the tortoise (Geochelone carbonaria)

Wilkinson, Anna, Chan, Hui-Minn and Hall, Geoffrey (2007) Spatial learning and memory in the tortoise (Geochelone carbonaria). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 121 (4). pp. 412-418. ISSN 0735-7036

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A single tortoise (Geochelone carbonaria) was trained in an eight-arm radial maze, with the apparatus and general procedures modeled on those used to demonstrate spatial learning in rats. The tortoise learned to perform reliably above chance, preferentially choosing baited arms, rather than returning to arms previously visited on a trial. Test sessions that examined control by olfactory cues revealed that they did not affect performance. No systematic, stereotyped response patterns were evident. In spite of differences in brain structure, the tortoise showed spatial learning abilities comparable to those observed in mammals. © 2007 American Psychological Association.

Keywords:animal, article, behavior, decision making, exploratory behavior, learning, male, maze test, memory, odor, physiology, turtle, Animals, Association Learning, Choice Behavior, Maze Learning, Smell, Spatial Behavior, Turtles
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C300 Zoology
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D300 Animal Science
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
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Deposited On:03 May 2013 11:09

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