Pigeons discriminate continuous versus discontinuous line segments

Kirkpatrick, Kimberly, Wilkinson, Anna and Johnstone, Siobhan (2007) Pigeons discriminate continuous versus discontinuous line segments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 33 (3). pp. 273-286. ISSN 0097-7403

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Three experiments examined various facets of the perception of continuous and discontinuous line segments in pigeons. Pigeons were presented with 2 straight lines that were interrupted by a gap. In some instances, the lines were the same angle and were positioned so that they appeared (to human observers) to form a continuous line. In other instances, the lines were different angles or the same angle but spatially misaligned. The birds were trained to classify each stimulus as continuous or discontinuous using a go/no-go procedure. A series of tests followed in which the birds received novel discontinuous displays made up of familiar line segments, continuous and discontinuous stimuli made up of novel line segments (novel straight lines or curved lines), and familiar displays in which the gap was covered with a gray square. Results from the tests indicated that 2 of the 3 pigeons had learned a continuous-discontinuous categorization and that they appeared to use the relationship between the 2 line segments in discriminating the displays. © 2007 American Psychological Association.

Keywords:animal, article, attention, concept formation, discrimination learning, gestalt therapy, instrumental conditioning, learning, male, orientation, pattern recognition, perception, pigeons and doves, problem solving, vision, Animals, Columbidae, Conditioning, Operant, Gestalt Theory, Pattern Recognition, Visual, Perceptual Closure, Perceptual Masking, Transfer (Psychology), Aves, Columba
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D300 Animal Science
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:9125
Deposited On:23 Apr 2013 16:11

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