Ordinal position learning and remote anticipation

Citation
Ra. Burns et Ja. Dunkman, Ordinal position learning and remote anticipation, J GEN PSYCH, 127(2), 2000, pp. 229-238
Citations number
17
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
ISSN journal
0022-1309 → ACNP
Volume
127
Issue
2
Year of publication
2000
Pages
229 - 238
Database
ISI
SICI code
0022-1309(200004)127:2<229:OPLARA>2.0.ZU;2-V
Abstract
Rats were runway trained on each of two 3-trial series of reward outcomes. The series are labeled XNY and ZNN, for which X represents a trial that was rewarded with Noyes pellets and N represents a trial that ended with no re ward. Units of distinctively flavored breakfast cereals served as reward on trials labeled Y and Z. One group (Floor) had each series occur with a cor related runway floor, either smooth and black or rough and white. For a sec ond group (Memory), the floor cue was uncorrelated with series. Animals in both groups learned to approach the goal rapidly on the ist trials of the 2 series and slowly on the 2nd trials, but only Group Floor learned to diffe rentiate the 3rd trials of the series. These results recommend a view of se rial learning that emphasizes the role played by information about the ordi nal position of series items.