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Spatial pattern learning in rats: control by an iterative pattern.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11676089     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Rats searched in a matrix of vertical poles for food hidden on top of the poles. The only information available about the location of the food was the consistent spatial pattern of the baited poles, which was a checkerboard. This spatial pattern of hidden-food locations came to control the choices of poles made by the rats. The experiments ruled out the possibility that this control can be explained by the acquisition of simple response tendencies to move from pole to pole. Instead, this behavioral control of choices was attributed to the development of a representation of the checkerboard pattern of baited locations. Spatial pattern learning may have mechanisms in common with other forms of pattern learning.
M F Brown; C Zeiler; A John
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0097-7403     ISO Abbreviation:  J Exp Psychol Anim Behav Process     Publication Date:  2001 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-10-24     Completed Date:  2002-02-14     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7504289     Medline TA:  J Exp Psychol Anim Behav Process     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  407-16     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania 19085, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Behavior, Animal / physiology
Discrimination Learning / physiology*
Rats, Sprague-Dawley
Spatial Behavior / physiology*

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