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Strategy planning in cats (Felis catus) in a progressive elimination task.
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PMID:  12735364     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Domestic cats (Felis cans) were administered a progressive elimination task in which they had to visit and deplete 3 baited sites. Cats were brought back to the starting point after each visit to any site whether the visit represented a correct or an incorrect choice. The results revealed that cats organized search as a function of the least distance principle whether they had to assess starting point to target distances (Experiment 1, n = 12) or adjacent bowl distances (Experiment 2, n = 12). The results also revealed that the starting point to target distance factor was the most influential in determining the initial choice (Experiment 3, n = 6) and in producing errors. Errors were also linked to the antero-posterior bodily axis of the cat. Results are discussed in terms of the predatory behavior of the cat.
Dominique Dorais Pagé; Claude Dumas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of comparative psychology (Washington, D.C. : 1983)     Volume:  117     ISSN:  0735-7036     ISO Abbreviation:  J Comp Psychol     Publication Date:  2003 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-05-08     Completed Date:  2003-09-09     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309850     Medline TA:  J Comp Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  53-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Département de Psychologie, Université du Québec à Montreal, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Behavior, Animal
Choice Behavior*
Practice (Psychology)*

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