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Route and landmark learning by rats searching for food.
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PMID:  21044664     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Many foraging animals rely on visual landmarks and/or habitual paths to locate important resources. We examined the degree to which rats rely on these cues when they predicted conflicting food locations. In this foraging task, rats were required to find food which could be located using either a fixed route or a nearby visual landmark. In tests, we found that their subsequent search-based estimates of the food location were the same when animals had acquired a long-term memory of the route, the landmark, or both. We show that the degree to which animals rely on the cues depends not only on the discrepancy between the two cues, but also on whether animals can match the testing "view" with a learned "view" that has been acquired during training.
Carolina Tamara; William Timberlake
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-10-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  Behavioural processes     Volume:  86     ISSN:  1872-8308     ISO Abbreviation:  Behav. Processes     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7703854     Medline TA:  Behav Processes     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  125-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Cognitive Science Program, Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA.
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