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Behavioral research in pigeons with ARENA: an automated remote environmental navigation apparatus.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19429204     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Three experiments established the effectiveness of an Automated Remote Environmental Navigation Apparatus (ARENA) developed in our lab to study behavioral processes in pigeons. The technology utilizes one or more wireless modules, each capable of presenting colored lights as visual stimuli to signal reward and of detecting subject peck responses. In Experiment 1, subjects were instrumentally shaped to peck at a single ARENA module following an unsuccessful autoshaping procedure. In Experiment 2, pigeons were trained with a simultaneous discrimination procedure during which two modules were illuminated different colors; pecks to one color (S+) were reinforced while pecks to the other color (S-) were not. Pigeons learned to preferentially peck the module displaying the S+. In Experiment 3, two modules were lit the same color concurrently from a set of six colors in a conditional discrimination task. For three of the colors pecks to the module in one location (e.g., upper quadrant) were reinforced while for the remaining colors pecks at the other module (e.g., lower quadrant) were reinforced. After learning this discrimination, the color-reinforced location assignments were reversed. Pigeons successfully acquired the reversal. ARENA is an automated system for open-field studies and a more ecologically valid alternative to the touchscreen.
Kenneth J Leising; Dennis Garlick; Michael Parenteau; Aaron P Blaisdell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2009-03-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Behavioural processes     Volume:  81     ISSN:  1872-8308     ISO Abbreviation:  Behav. Processes     Publication Date:  2009 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-11     Completed Date:  2009-08-13     Revised Date:  2014-09-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7703854     Medline TA:  Behav Processes     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  105-13     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Conditioning, Operant*
Discrimination (Psychology)*
Discrimination Learning*
Electronics / instrumentation*
Reinforcement Schedule
Reversal Learning
Grant Support
MH066855/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; R01 MH066855/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; R01 MH066855-02/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; R01 MH066855-03/MH/NIMH NIH HHS

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